Town boss Nathan Jones said he was “content” with the draw at Mansfield Town as the Hatters will now have to fight for a play-off place as both Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth secured automatic promotion from Sky Bet League Two.
The Stags took the lead through Alfie Potter’s rocket from inside the Town box in the first 45 minutes, before Danny Hylton scored from the spot in the second half after George Taft handled inside the area.
Jones said: “I think content is the word, not really happy. We wanted three points, but in terms of the scale of the game and what it means I think it’s pretty much a fair result, it’s not a bad result.
“We negated them to set-plays, that was it. They had no other threat apart from set-plays, we negated that because we controlled the ball, we didn’t go back to front and we didn’t allow them to build any steam up.
“The frustrating thing is we conceded from being sloppy from a set-play. The ball comes out, no one is marking on the edge of the box, people let a runner go and that’s frustrating. No matter how much work you do, that’s just a discipline.
“That’s the only thing. Apart from that we weren’t under any real pressure.”