First five-eighth Ander Monro slotted a 79th-minute penalty as Canada overcame an eight-point deficit to snatch a 23-23 draw with Japan in their Rugby World Cup match on Tuesday.
Monro, who scored try in the 75th minute, had had a dreadful kicking game at Napier's McLean Park, missing three of his previous four attempts before he slotted the late penalty in the Pool A match.
Canada centre DTH van der Merwe and winger Phil McKenzie crossed for tries, Reuters reports.
First five-eighth James Arlidge slotted 13 points with his boot for Japan, who scored tries through hooker Shota Horie and winger Kosuke Endo.
The Brave Blossoms were up 17-7 at half time.
Japan had not won a game at the Rugby World Cup since beating Zimbabwe 52-8 in 1991, though they also drew with the Canadians 12-12 in France in 2007.
Japan: Tries: Shota Horie, Kosuke Endo. Conversions: James Alridge (2). Penalties: Arlidge (3).
Canada: Tries: DTH van der Merwe, Phil McKenzie, Ander Monro. Conversions: James Pritchard. Penalties: Monro (2).
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa).