YOANN Arquin equalised 17 minutes from time as Notts County ended Walsall’s perfect record.
The substitute nodded home David Bell’s cross to cancel out Romaine Sawyers’ opener for the hosts.
County were the better side before the break but the Saddlers missed several chances to make the game safe after they had gone in front.
But after Arquin’s goal the visitors finished much the stronger and Arquin saw a goal ruled out for offside in stoppage time, while Callum Mcgregor struck a post.
For the first time this season the Saddlers were forced into a change, with Sawyers coming in for Milan Lalkovic up front after the Slovakian under-21 international was forced out with a hamstring injury.
The game got off to a bright start with Danny Haynes firing an early shot wide for the visitors, before Ashley Hemmings forced the first save of the game from Bartosz Bialkowski at close range, after a neat exchange with Sawyers.
Craig Westcarr then beat the visiting keeper to a Benning through ball but his touch only resulted in a goal kick.
The action quickly switched to the other end where Richard O’Donnell had to be at his best to keep out a fierce Joss Labadie free-kick.
O’Donnell pulled off an even better save to deny Callum McGregor soon after, diving low to his right to keep out a sharp effort from the on-loan Celtic winger, who had raced into the box after pouncing on a misplaced pass from Paul Downing.
The Saddlers keeper’s next save was much easier as he held a Fotheringham drive, following another quick break by the visitors.
After their bright start, Walsall were struggling to create much of note going forward. Hemmings shot wide from distance, while Westcarr saw an effort deflected comfortably into the grasp of Bialkowski.
The visitors were looking much the stronger and went close again in first half stoppage time, when McGregor fired a snapshot over the bar from the edge of the box.
Walsall began the second half in much more positive fashion and Baxendale launched an early effort from the edge of the box over the bar.
And within five minutes they were in front. Sawyers picked up the ball just inside the visitors half and with no opposing player nearby, advanced towards the box before stroking a shot past Bialkowski from 25 yards out.
Westcarr almost doubled the advantage moments later but failed to make a clean connection after being played in by Sawyer and his shot deflected off Leacock and into the arms of Bialkowski.
The striker was guilty of making another big chance soon after when he was again put clean through, this time by Mantom, but could only shoot wide of the near post.
Though the Saddlers were on top, County were still a threat and substitute David Bell saw a far post volley from Mustapha Dumbaya’s cross deflected wide by Downing.
Bialkowski was now much the busier keeper and he did well to save a Mantom effort with his legs, after the ball appeared to go through the legs of Leacock.
And the Saddlers were made to pay for their profligacy 17 minutes from time when Arquin levelled, nodding home a deep Bell cross at the far post.
Within a minute the visitors could even have been in front but O’Donnell again proved equal to a McGregor shot after the winger had raced into the box.
McGregor went even closer with shot which hit the post and James Chambers was alert to clear an Arquin header off the line as County finished the stronger side.
But Walsall could have snatched all three points when only for Bialkowski to brilliantly tip over a deflected Benning shot.
And Arquin then thought he had won it with a header in stoppage time only to be denied by a linesman’s flag.