Everton manager David Moyes admitted his disappointment after the Toffees twice let Aston Villa come from behind to claim a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.
Phil Neville's deflected strike broke the deadlock in the 56th minute before Gabriel Agbonlahor drew Villa level with 10 minutes remaining to spark a pulsating finish.
Joseph Yobo looked to have claimed the winner when he restored Everton's lead six minutes from time, but within 90 seconds, John Carew grabbed Villa's second equaliser.
The draw means Everton are yet to secure fifth place as they remain three points clear of Villa with two games left to play.
"We're disappointed we didn't take the three points, especially when we got the second goal," said Moyes.
"I don't think we got the ball back before they scored again. They say you're always at your most vulnerable after you've scored and that was the case today.
"I thought when we got the goals we were doing well at the time and there was good momentum with us, we're just disappointed we couldn't hang on to it."
Victory would have put Everton on the verge of European qualification and Moyes accepts he may now face a tense climax to the season.
"It was a good, hard point but I thought that if we got the three today we could have secured fifth," he said.
"We've not done so it looks like it could possibly go all the way to the last game of the season."