Rochdale are off the mark in terms of points collected in 2019 thanks to Ian Henderson and a 1-1 draw at home to Fleetwood Town.
But Dale were made to work for their point, coming from behind against ten men, bringing to an end a run of four straight league defeats in the process and keeping their noses above water.
Rochdale would head into the halftime interval behind once again, thanks to Paddy Madden who was in the right place at the right time to convert Ross Wallace’s cross.
After the break Dale started to rediscover some of the form which had deserted them in recent weeks and duly got their reward 15 minutes from time but not before the visitors had been reduced to 10-men.
Lewie Coyle was handed a straight red card after 53 minutes for a two-footed challenge on Joe Rafferty.
It took the home side around twenty minutes to make their man advantage count and, after patient play, they got back on level terms.
Rory Holden slipped the ball up the line to Stephen Dooley, he crossed into the penalty area and Henderson was there to nod home.
The victory kept Rochdale just outside the League One relegation zone in 19th, just one point above the bottom four.
The game was also memorable for Rochdale’s Luke Matheson, who came off the bench as a halftime substitute, to mark his Football League debut at the age of 16.
Next up for Rochdale is a trip to Barnsley on Saturday (26th January).