Buxton dropped two points late on, as Workington snatched a draw in the dying embers of this contest.
For the second home game in the space of five days, the Bucks surrendered a lead with Workington’s equaliser coming in the 89th minute.
A 63rd-minute goal from Shaun Tuton looked to be enough to secure full points for Buxton.
But the visitors popped up late on to seal a share of the spoils when a free-kick was headed home at close-range by striker Matty Tymon.
Even then the Bucks had the chance to restore their advantage when Leigh Franks played in Tuton, but he missed the target to ensure the draw.
It was little wonder that manager Martin McIntosh was frustrated with his team not closing out for a victory that would have retained second place.
Recent form suggested that this was likely to be a close game.
Buxton have yet to kick on from their early season sequence of nine consecutive wins but the Reds arrived unbeaten in eight and having scored three goals in each of their last four outings.
The first half was evenly-contested, though the Bucks created virtually all the clear openings.
Two of them fell to Jamie Green, with a driven effort flying straight into the hands of the Workington stopper before the full-back shot wide of target when put through by Liam Hardy.
As half-time approached Tuton fired in a 20-yard shot but the referee denied claims for a penalty for handball.
Workington gave Buxton a scare early in the second period when skipper Dan Wordsworth’s header was tipped onto the bar by Arron Jameson.
It took substitute Alastair Taylor to create the opening goal.
His powerful diagonal surge from midfield allowed him to fire back across goal and Tuton converted from a narrow angle.
Craig King’s 25-yard screamer went close to doubling the lead before Tuton rounded the keeper only to be challenged and for the ball to be cleared.
Buxton then looked secure in their lead until the late drama took over - a result that extends their run to just one win in eight league outings.
Buxton: Jameson, Franks, Green, Wilson, Palmer, Ryan, King, Niven, Corner (Taylor), Hardy (Stevens), Tuton.
Subs not used: Young, Williams, Ludlam.