A brilliant team display saw ten man Walsall end Leyton Orient’s 100 per cent record.
The Saddlers played most of the game against the league leaders with ten men after skipper Andy Butler was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Romain Vincelot.
David Mooney put the hosts ahead seven minutes before the break when he drilled home after an error by visiting keeper Richard O’Donnell.
But despite their man disadvantage, the Saddlers were never out of the game and snatched a point when Craig Westcarr headed home from close range and Vincelot then saw red for the hosts late into stoppage time.
He received a second booking for hauling down Westcarr, perhaps more in frustration at how his side had been denied a ninth straight win.
A man and a goal down, the Saddlers task looked ominous yet they never wavered in an incredible game.
The hosts will claim they had chances to put the game to bed and it’s true Saddlers keeper Richard O’Donnell made several fine saves, most notably a minute from time when he tipped a Mathieu Baudry header onto the post.
But it was never exactly the Alamo, with the Saddlers still playing a major role in proceedings even when reduced to ten men.
Dean Smith recalled Westcarr, while Milan Lalkovic was brought in for his first start since the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Wolves. James Baxendale and Romaine Sawyers dropped to the bench.
Skipper Butler almost gave the Saddlers the perfect start when he stole in at the near post to meet a Westcarr corner but sent his header just wide.
Midfielder Dean Cox had the first chance for the hosts when he fired over from distance after collecting a Vincelot pass.
Cox then went even closer with a header from a Lisbie cross which deflected off Butler and just wide of the post.
Back came Walsall, with Westcarr inches away from getting his head on the end of a dangerous Lalkovic cross, before the big moment as Butler was given his marching orders.
The Saddlers skipper lost the ball and as he looked to win it back, his challenge left Vincelot rolling on the ground, referee Graham Scott wasted no time in producing the card.
The Saddlers switched to a 4-4-1 formation with Ben Purkiss coming on for Nicky Featherstone and for 20 minutes there was still very little between the sides.
And despite the loss of their captain, the visitors could have taken the lead had Troy Hewitt not horribly miscontrolled a James Chambers punt upfield when clean through on goal.
At the back, Paul Downing was heading away anything the hosts could throw at them and frustrations among the home players began to show when Lisbie horribly misplaced a pass intended for Cuthbert.
When the hosts did find space, Mooney could only shoot horribly wide from the edge of the box.
But the striker made no mistake soon after. O’Donnell hesitated coming for a cross and under pressure from Lisbie, he could only knock the ball as far as Mooney, who drilled the ball low past the keeper and into the net.
The keeper redeemed himself somewhat with a close range save from Lisbie soon after, while the Saddlers forced three straight corners and Westcarr saw a shot blocked as they looked in vain for a leveller before the break.
Downing almost found it in the early stages of the second half when he found himself in an advanced position but could only send Taylor’s cross straight into the hands of Jamie Jones from close range.
Lisbie drifted a shot wide from distance as the hosts looked to increase their lead and Cox was only denied doing so by a fine O’Donnell save after he had been played in on the right-hand side of the box.
O’Donnell then did brilliantly to beat Vincelot to a weak Downing return header, while at the other end Lalkovic almost got a sight on goal from a Mantom chip forward.
The hosts looked more likely to score a second but the Saddlers were never out of the game and with 20 minutes to go, Westcarr stunned the hosts with the leveller.
Excellent work on the left led to Taylor deliverying a cross to the far post which Hewitt headed back across goal for Westcarr to nod home.
Lisbie almost restored the hosts advantage immediately with a header of his own which O’Donnell brilliantly tipped over the bar.
But the Saddlers weren’t exactly sitting back and James Chambers was inches away from connecting with a Westcarr corner.
Baudry drilled wide from distance for the hosts but had Westcarr found Hewitt with a simple pass, the visiting striker would have been through on goal.
O’Donnell then pulled off his best save when he tipped a Baudry header onto the bar from a corner as the hosts pushed on in the closing moments.
Vincelot was then shown a second yellow in the fifth minute of stoppage time for a challenge on Westcarr.