A late comeback saw Morecambe score twice in stoppage time to open up a four-point gap on Salford City.
Brandon Thomas-Asante had given the visitors the lead just before the break, and The Ammies looked in control.
However after Carlos Mendes-Gomes scrambled in an equaliser from close range in the 94th minute, a long-range shot from Toumani Diagouraga was deflected low past Vaclav Hladky by Aaron Wilding to secure a 96th minute winner.
There was still time for drama as a late free kick was clipped to the back post and slammed in by a white shirt, but the effort was ruled out for a foul in the melée.
Afterwards manager Richie Wellens was evidently disappointed at the way his side dropped three points which could have taken Salford ahead of Morecambe with a game in hand.
“[It’s] sickening, absolutely sickening. I thought for 80 minutes we were very good on a difficult night, we passed the ball well. In the last 10-15 minutes we made wrong decisions, we went into a little bit of a negative mode, and we’re clearing the ball in not the right areas.
“We went from looking really organised then in the last five minutes we were just all over the place.
“We’ve definitely wasted three points tonight and it’s a mentality thing because it’s a recurring thing.”
Thomas-Asante was one change that the Gaffer made, having pushed for a starting place in the last few games and he earned his reward with a goal. The 22-year-old now has three goals this season and still has a key role to play as Salford look to put this defeat behind them.
“I thought Brandon was very good, his work ethic was good, his attitude was good, and when he gets running like that he’s a powerful lad and it was a good finish. If we can keep him fresh he’s going to have a massive part.”
Next up for The Ammies is Saturday’s trip to Southend United.