Gary Madine netted a 74th-minute equaliser to earn Bolton an unlikely 2-2 draw with Bradford and prevent former Bantams boss Phil Parkinson from tasting defeat on his return to Valley Parade.
The 49-year-old, who led City to the League Cup final and promotion to League One during a near five-year spell in charge which ended last June, was enduring a miserable afternoon when his rattled side conceded two goals to Charlie Wyke inside the first 16 minutes.
But David Wheater and Madine netted in the second half to earn the automatic-promotion chasers a precious point following a poor display for an hour.
Wyke profited from two errors from Bolton goalkeeper Ben Alnwick to take his tally to three goals in four games since signing from Carlisle.
Alnwick failed to keep out Wyke's low left-footed effort and then, having raced to the edge of his area, was lobbed by Nicky Law to allow the prolific striker a simple tap-in.
Madine missed two chances to halve the deficit but, after Wheater lashed home in the 62nd minute following poor defending, the former Sheffield Wednesday striker silenced the hostile crowd by heading home 12 minutes later.
Bradford almost won it late on only for substitute Timothee Dieng's shot to cannon back off a post.