Graeme Lee’s side found themselves two goals down midway through the first half despite a bright opening to the game.
The Stags grabbed a quickfire double through George Lapslie and James Perch as Nigel Clough’s side threatened to run away with things.
But to their credit, Pools fought back as Joe Grey bundled home from close range when following in from Jamie Sterry’s strike before Luke Molyneux scored his 12th of the season on his 24th birthday with a fine strike from outside the area into the bottom corner.
But with Pools continuing their momentum in the second half, Molyneux was forced off with a potentially serious leg injury after a strong challenge from Perch.
Joe White almost capped a stunning turnaround deep into stoppage time after dancing around the Stags defence but the Newcastle United man was off target.
And here is how Pools were rated in their 2-2 draw:
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1. Ben Killip - 7
Good return for Pools’ No.1. Two important saves at 0-0 and another to prevent it from going 0-3. Picture by FRANK REID
Photo: FRANK REID PHOTOGRAPHER 2022
2. Jamie Sterry - 7
Solid enough defensively and got forward well, particularly in the first half, which led to the opening goal for Pools. (Credit: Will Matthews | MI News)
Photo: Will Matthews
3. Neill Byrne - 7
Best of the defence up against some testing opposition in Akin. Pinpoint ball for Sterry which led to the opener. Some good covering to deal with Oates. (Credit: Michael Driver | MI News)
Photo: Michael Driver
4. Timi Odusina - 6
Mix-up with Ferguson almost led to a third for Mansfield. Caught out twice by Oates in the second half but there were some good moments in there. Picture by FRANK REID
Photo: Frank Reid