A point was more useful to the Grecians who have a crucial game in hand over the top two than it was to Argyle who are still a point ahead of their visitors but having played a game more.The young Grecians, under the guidance of coach Lee Skyrme, looked impressive and certainly did not travel to Haye Road looking to preserve the point that started with.
To be fair to the visitors, they had the majority of the early possession but found themselves a goal down on 24 minutes when Argyle were awarded a penalty.
Louis Rooney intercepted a underhit backpass and was clearly upended by goalkeeper James Hamon for Ethan Stark to send him the wrong way from his spot-kick.
City were unlucky not to be level, three minutes later, when a great run by Oliver Watkin ended with his low drive rebounded off the inside of the far post for Tom Moxham to complete the clearance.
Matt Jay fired over Andrew Hannah's bar as the half ended with the visitors on the attack but the second half was less than a minute old when Jake Miller's snap shot flew over Hamon's goal from 20 yards.
The visitors replied with James Byrne firing a clear shooting chance over Hannah's bar and the Argyle 'keeper had to race off his line to dive bravely at substitute Joe Charles feet before Jay sent an angled drive over the bar.
Argyle hit back with skipper River Allen just clearing Hamon's bar but it was the visitors who were to find an equaliser 13 minutes from time. Good play by substitute Gill Cameron set up Jay to fire in to the roof of the Argyle goal from eight yards.