Lyle Taylor was the toast of The Falkirk Stadium for 80 minutes of Saturday’s derby clash but his two goals were still not enough to see off a spirited Dunfermline side.
The Fifers fought back from 2-0 down to secure a draw thanks to two goals in three minutes from Andy Barrowman and substitute Ryan Thomson.
It was a painful result for Bairns fans but in truth a draw was the right outcome given the energy and commitment displayed by both sides.
The game was played at the kind of frantic pace you would expect from a derby match and the players were clearly thriving on the noisy atmosphere inside the stadium.
Falkirk took the lead against the run of play after 30 minutes when Taylor latched on to a long ball from Kieran Duffie and showed great composure to slot the ball past Paul Gallacher.
The Bairns went two goals clear shortly after half-time when some poor defending allowed Sean Higgins the time to pick out an unmarked Taylor, who again showed no hesitancy in rifling the ball home.
But Dunfermline never looked out of it and the fightback began on the 79th minute when Barrowman collected a pass from Ryan Thomson and fired home from inside the six yard box.
And it was Thomson who went from provider to goalscorer when he firmly headed home from Ryan Wallace’s corner just three minutes later.
The result means Falkirk have now drawn their last four league matches and are still looking for their second victory of the season.
Meanwhile, Stenhousemuir ran out winners against East Fife at Ochilview after a blistering seven minute spell in the second half in which they scored three goals.
John Gemmell came off the bench to open the scoring on 65 minutes and added a second goal three minutes later. Stewart Kean rifled a shot into the top corner on the 72 minute to complete the win.
East Stirlingshire failed to make it four wins on the bounce after slipping to a 3-1 defeat away to Montrose.