Abbey Hey moved out of the bottom four as they drew 2-2 with MFA rivals West Didsbury & Chorlton.
Ash Woods opened the scoring for West, but goals from Rob Swallow and Peter Watling turned the match in Abbey Hey’s favour.
However, a late strike from Tom Bailey ensured that the points were shared.
This result, along with Maine Road’s 3-2 defeat at home to Burscough, means that Road slipped into the relegation zone.
Burscough went ahead through Terry Cummings before James Ormrod levelled.
Two goals in the space of eight minutes from Chad Whyte and Peter Henerty gave the Linnets a two-goal breathing space.
Sean Cookson brought one back for the MFA outfit, but it was not enough to prevent defeat.
Irlam fell to a dramatic 5-3 loss to AFC Darwen at Silver Street.
The Salmoners raced to a 3-0 advantage due to goals from John Leeming, Karl Turner and Ryan Steele.
Connor Martin and Isaac Illidge struck to bring Irlam back in the game.
Steele converted a penalty to add a fourth for Darwen, but the Mitchells did not lie down as Jordan Icely pulled one back.
However, Jack Prince sealed the win with a fifth goal with 13 minutes to spare.