EMERGING wingman Luke Malcher was on target at the City Ground yesterday as Town's second string earned a solid point against the Pontin's Central Division leaders.
Forest, now six points clear in the table, led through a cracking 30-yard drive from Hamza Bencherif just six minutes into the second half.
His effort sparked the match into life after a lack-lustre first period in which Forest had tricky wingman Kris Commons making his return to action after seven matches out with a hamstring injury (he was forced off at the break).
Gritty Town were undaunted, however, and got themselves level after 67 minutes when Malcher, on the left side of the box, hammered a crisp volley into the top righthand corner.
It was no more than John Dungworth's side deserved in front of a crowd of 130 and it was the ideal tonic for next Tuesday's trip to face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
There were a handful of scouts in the stands to check on Martin McIntosh, whose future at the Galpharm remains under a cloud but could become clearer when the loan transfer window opens again tonight.
McIntosh played in a back four including Shane Killock, Adam Wilson and Danny Racci, while Town started 4-4-2 with a midfield of James Hand, captain Aaron Hardy, Adnan Ahmed and Malcher.
Town - Eastwood, Racchi, Killock, McIntosh, Wilson, Hand (Hallam 55), Hardy, Ahmed, Malcher, McAliskey, Akins. Subs not used: Smithies, Bailey, Broadbent, Codman.