A goal just seven minutes from time saw two points snatched away from Harriers after a solid away performance, the end result a 1-1 draw at Gateshead.
In contrast to the rain, ice or snow that normally greeted Harriers at this northerly venue, a beautiful playing surface and good weather was present as the two teams emerged and the positive energy was felt at both ends of the field with Josh Gillies going close with a chance for the home side, before Harriers' Gurjit Singh warmed the hands of Sam Russell up at the other end.
There was some excellent passing on show from both sides throughout and they continued to trade efforts as the half wore on, midfielder Jamie Chandler blazing one over the bar from 20 yards before Dawson set his sights on Russell with a shot from 20 yards that the custodian scooped up.
Whild's men were rewarded with their good start on 26 minutes when, in a replica of his goal at Dover, Gurjit Singh became the first player to score a second goal for this season as he came inside and curled a beautiful finish, low past the desperate dive of Russell.
It might so easily have been 2-0 just a moment later; this time Andrew Fox was played in on the angle, pushing up, and the Posh youngster drilled towards the same corner as Singh's goal landed, this time Russell was there to turn it away.
A chip from Bowman almost had Palmer beaten soon after the restart ,Gillies then taking aim again soon after with a shot that Tunnicliffe did well to nod over for a corner.
Palmer was again involved on 65 minutes, making a crucial save to keep out Bowman's attempt just as it looked like he'd turn home a low cross from Gillies - though the young custodian could do little with sub Johnson's effort, again from a Gillies delivery, that flew over the bar,
Luke Maxwell kept Harriers a threat as his attempted lob saw Russell turn the ball over the bar, and just when you thought the visitors had gone most of the way to securing a valuable win, Gateshead struck with just seven minutes remaining when Bowman turned in another Gillies ball.