A late Carlisle equaliser was bad news for MK Dons' fading Play-Off hopes and it left manager Karl Robinson lamenting his side's bad luck.
Mark Beck was the hero for the Cumbrians, scoring within five minutes of coming off the bench to cancel out Adam Chicksen's first-half opener.
Robinson, whose side are now winless in six, said: "We just aren't getting the rub of the green. I thought we were sensational in the first half and we should have been out of sight. But when we play well we just aren't putting teams to the sword.
"We deserved more out of the game. We played a bit into their hands in the second half and made it more difficult for us.
"But not one player shirked responsibility and it's disappointing to only get one point because it's not dropping for us.
"We need to keep working hard and not get too despondent. We have to keep being positive and be realistic about where we are."
Carlisle manager Greg Abbott felt his side could have won it after their improved second-half showing.
He said: "We deserved our equaliser and could have nicked it. Both sides had chances to seal it.
"It was not always pretty, but sometimes you have to play ugly. The game was no classic, but we toughed it out and more than matched them.
"We took a while to get going. With Danny Livesey coming off we found it difficult to organise and their goal came while he was off. We changed things at half time and were much better."