Two goals in the space of four first half minutes had looked like proving decisive with Boro leading up until the final four minutes.

It would have been a first win since January 1 for Jonathan Woodgate’s men and came on the back of a run that had seen Boro slip back into the drop spots after three successive defeats.

But Grabban’s late equaliser cancelled out Boro’s two goals in the space of four first half minutes - from Rudy Gestede and Lewis Wing - which came after the visitors had taken an early lead.

Boro had started well enough with Hayden Coulson looking a real threat, and Wing had one early saved and another blocked, but it was Forest who took the lead when Ryan Yates delivered a great strike from distance past Aynsley Pears and into the bottom corner.

That could have set the alarm bells, but Boro showed real character in responding to the set-back.

Coulson drilled a shot just wide of the upright after good hold-up play by Gestede and Alfa Semedo made a goal-saving block to deny Wing when Forest keeper Brice Samba was stranded.

Boro were back in it before the break when Harold Moukoudi met a Paddy McNair free-kick and headed it into the path of Gestede, who applied the finishing touch.

And it was 2-1 before half-time when Wing rounded off a swift counter started by Pears' quick delivery for Coulson, who in turn fed the Boro midfield man, who stroked the ball home with the aid of a deflection off Samba.

There were a couple of scares in the second half, the biggest coming when a corner kick took a wicked deflection off Jonny Howson’s shoulder and went over the bar. Own goal averted, referee Darren England was unmoved by the subsequent appeals for handball.

Boro showed good resilience though and defended well and in numbers against a side who were desperate to find a goal to keep their promotion hopes in tact.

Forest’s best chance appeared to come when Grabban got in behind to meet a Joe Lolly cross, but Pears did enough to ensure the finish was wide of the mark.

There was a sting in the tail, though, and that came with four minutes remaining. A Forest corner was drilled towards goal and Grabban, positioned in front of Pears, used his strength to block the Boro keeper and to stab the ball home.

Boro were appealing for a free-kick for foul on Pears, but the referee was unmoved and honours ended even.