Falkirk turn attention to Tannadice now after this draw swung the momentum in Dundee United’s favour in the race for second place.
But for all the disappointing result, this was a Falkirk performance full of desire and drive, just missing that little moment of magic to set them apart from the rest, and a moment in either half of concentration that was punished by the visitors.
They’re unaccustomed to it, and Queen of the South continued to upset the apple cart with an early goal.
Lewis Kidd conceded a throw on a Doonhamers’ breakaway after just nine minutes and was caught ball watching. Quick thinking Danny Carmichael launched the ball into the path of Lyndon Dykes, sprinting at full speed through the middle. The Bairns couldn’t keep up, Kidd realised too late and the big Australian advanced into the box and passed across the area for Stephen Dobbie to tap in.
It sucked the life out of a noisy home support which took a good 20 minutes to recover, but they did, and so did Falkirk.
The Bairns barely dwelled on the concession and picked themselves up. The goal took a while to come but they got it and it was deserved for all their dominance and forward play.
The Bairns registered seven corner kicks in the first half and only Lee Robinson defied them more goals. The Doonhamers’ goalkeeper’s dallying over every kick-out infuriated the Bairns and he frustrated further by keeping out a John Baird effort with one hand then recovering to gather another from James Craigen before the Bairns finally bit back.
There was almost a second before the break as Luke Leahy glanced a lovely header just inside the post, but Robinson was down to keep it from crossing the line but only just.
But it was to be the Bairns who got in front.
They’d had many claims for a penalty throughout the afternoon and Crawford Allan couldn’t say no to Austin being felled by Brownlie in the box again. Aaron Muirhead slammed the resultant spot-kick home against his hometown team, and the Bairns were ahead.
But Queen’s counters had threatened all day and in their ranks they had a genuine game-changer in Dobbie. The match - and Falkirk’s second-place quest -- turned on a moment of magic from the little striker and he beat ex-QOS keeper Thomson with ten minutes to go.