Ten man Tranmere battled to a controversial draw at Bootham Crescent, as their search for a win in the National League rumbles on.
Rovers huffed and puffed, but could not create too many chances after having Jeff Hughes sent off for a poor tackle just minutes after half-time.
The visitors though were good value for the draw, and were arguably the better team when it was 11 v 11, certainly carving out the better shooting opportunities.
As it was, a dogged defensive display meant their tiring legs clung on to a point in the second half that stretches a winless run to three matches.
This was a key game for Rovers. Fan pressure was once again mounting on Gary Brabin following successive defeats for the first time since December.
The Lincoln display on Saturday in particular was poor, and had seen Tranmere slip two points off top spot in the National League.
The manager was demanding a response, knowing full well that too many losses could be fatal in that title charge, even at this early stage.
He made two changes, one of them enforced as Connor Jennings missed out through injury.
He was replaced by Darren Stephenson, making his full debut, whilst Liam Ridehalgh returned at left-back. New signing Ethan Jones was on the bench.
The visitors started brightly, with Andy Cook heading over early on before Lois Maynard should have handed them the lead.
The midfielder was played in by Stephenson on the edge of the box, but slid his delicate shot just wide of the post.
At the other end, Daniel Nti fired into the Tranmere fans from 25-yards before Kaine Felix, a constant threat out wide, curled wide of the far post from a similar position minutes later.
The best chances were falling Rovers’ way, and they definitely improved as the clock ticked on.
Cook headed wide from Hughes’ cross before the lively Stephenson, causing all kinds of problems down the left, had a brace of chances.
Firstly, the winger wriggled past his man in the area before firing into the roof of the stand, before seeing a header caught at the near post.
Hughes then had the best chance yet, but Kyle Letheren was again waiting, this time saving with his legs as the midfielder smashed towards the bottom corner.
If the first half finished in a positive manner, things could hardly have been worse after the restart for Rovers.
Just five minutes had passed after the break when Hughes was shown dismissed as he lunged in on Richard Brodie.
The midfielder did win the ball, but his studs were showing and it was no surprise when the referee gave him his marching orders.
That certainly livened things up, as the York crowd began to get stuck into the Tranmere players.
They were less then happy with Jake Wright fell awkwardly under a fair challenge from Michael Ihiekwe, resulting in the dangerous wide man being stretchered off.
His replacement, Justin Johnson, was in to the action straight after coming on, with his cross stabbed wide of the near post by Brodie.
Felix then had another chance, running on to a back heel, but again Davies was not tested as the shot was dragged wide.
You may be forgiven for thinking it was all York, given they had the one man advantage.
Tranmere though were still pushing forwards themselves, and James Norwood was unlucky to see a clever flick rattle the bar as he ran on to Jennings’ corner.
The striker met another dead ball shortly afterwards, but this time his header drifted wide, whilst an angled shot from Cook was comfortably saved.
By now though, Tranmere’s legs were growing tired, and they were stretched time and again in the wide positions.
Liam Ridehalgh was doing his best on the left, making several important blocks as wave after wave of York attacks were thwarted.
By the end, both teams were struggling, and it was a surprise Gary Brabin did not turn to his substitutes to try and freshen things up.
Several hopeful long balls were lumped forward from either end of the field, although inevitably they had too much on and bounced through to the ‘keeper.