Brighton striker Tomer Hemed denies Brentford at the death
Tomer Hemed equalised at the death as Brighton came from two goals down to grab a point in a dramatic 3-3 draw at Brentford.
The Seagulls had clawed themselves level after trailing 2-0, only for substitute Konstantin Kerschbaumer to fire Brentford ahead at the start of seven minutes of stoppage time.
But in a thrilling finale Chris Hughton's side somehow hit back again through Hemed, although they missed the chance to go back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship.
Brighton were staring at a third straight defeat when they trailed to goals from Jota and Harlee Dean and faced a penalty from Bees striker Lasse Vibe.
But David Stockdale saved the spot-kick before Solly March and Shane Duffy hauled them level.
Brighton knew a win would lift them above Newcastle, but in the first half they found Spanish winger Jota simply too hot to handle at a chilly Griffin Park.
The popular wideman, back with the Bees having spent a year on loan at Eibar in his homeland due to personal reasons, opened the scoring with a cheeky 14th-minute backheel.
Seven minutes later Brentford doubled their lead after Jota's corner was flicked on by Glenn Murray to centre-half Dean, who stooped to convert a simple header at the far post.
Brighton improved as the first half progressed, though, and should have pulled one back when Jamie Murphy burst through only to drag his shot wide.
After the break the visitors felt they should have had a penalty when Tom Field blocked Anthony Knockaert's shot.
Referee Jeremy Simpson ignored those claims but did point to the spot when Uwe Hunemeier hauled down Jota, only for Stockdale to save Vibe's effort with his legs.
Substitute March then pulled one back with a thunderbolt from the edge of the Brentford area in the 75th minute.
And two minutes later Brighton were level, defender Duffy charging into the box to meet a Knockaert cross with a bullet header.
The Seagulls poured forward in search of a winner but Bees goalkeeper Daniel Bentley denied Duffy and scrambled back to prevent a Dean own-goal, while Hemed headed over.
But with normal time up Kerschbaumer looked to have condemned them to defeat when he converted a pass from Vibe.
However, there was more drama to come as Hemed rose to meet another Knockaert cross to equalise six and a half minutes into injury time.