Andy Cook made a stunning impact as the Mansfield substitute bagged a second-half brace to earn his side a point from a 2-2 draw at promotion-chasing Forest Green.
Cook was introduced at the start of the second period with the Stags trailing to a sumptuous 30th-minute Aaron Collins’ opener for Rovers, his third in four games to hand Rovers the lead at the break in a fractious first half which featured four bookings.
Mark Cooper’s side made it 2-0 on 61 minutes. Midfielder Ebou Adams burst forward and slipped in Celtic loanee Jack Aitchison, who picked his spot with a sweet finish to beat the sprawling Conrad Logan all ends up.
Rovers’ lead lasted barely a minute as substitute Cook planted a free header beyond Lewis Thomas from an Otis Khan delivery.
And Rovers pressed the self-destruct button again. Cook was on the spot again as his 74th-minute strike squirmed through the gloves of Thomas to level the game.
Cook was denied his hat-trick with five minutes to go – Thomas getting enough on the ball to deny the red-hot striker.