Striker Moise Kean finally opened his Everton account with his first goal for the club but Newcastle United scored twice in stoppage time to snatch a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old, making his 22nd appearance since a €27.5 million move from Juventus, celebrated wildly in front of the Goodison Park faithful when firing home after 30 minutes.
Carlo Ancelotti's resurgent Everton side dominated an injury-hit Newcastle and deservedly doubled their lead in the 54th minute when in-form English forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin notched his 10th league goal of the season.
There looked no way back for injury-hit Newcastle who had barely threatened the Everton goal and substitute Florian Lejeune's overhead kick looked no more than a consolation.
Yet Newcastle were not finished and Lejeune grabbed the most dramatic of equalisers when he touched home after a goalmouth scramble in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
Despite his dismay at his team allowing what would have been a fourth win in six league games slip through their fingers, Everton manager Ancelotti remained philosophical.
"There are things in football you cannot control. We conceded without any reason but the performance was good," the Italian said. "We played a fantastic game and we were unlucky but nothing changes -- our Premier League continues.
"We have to stay on the game for 90 minutes but I'm not saying anything to my players. They played well and it can happen. It's just unlucky."
Until the late twist the night had belonged to 19-year-old Kean, who has suffered a difficult transition to the Premier League, although he somehow failed to connect with Theo Walcott's cross early on to sum up his Goodison Park frustration.
But he was celebrating wildly soon afterwards when he got on the end of Bernard's through ball. While his initial touch was heavy he steadied himself before shooting under Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka.
His hot streak continued when the 22-year-old collected Lucas Digne's pass before clipping in his 10th league goal of the season after 54 minutes.
Yet Newcastle, with nine first-team players unavailable, once again showed their never-say-die attitude as they salvaged a precious point with a barnstorming finish.
"It's a wacky game that's for sure -- but it's great. It just shows you shouldn't leave a game early," Steve Bruce, whose side are 13th, behind Everton on goal difference, said.