A Niall McGinn free-kick shortly after half-time spared the blushes of Jamie Langfield as Aberdeen and Dundee United battled out a 2-2 draw at Pittodrie.
The home side had taken an early lead through Scott Vernon, but Gavin Gunning turned home a leveller and Dons goalkeeper Langfield put through his own net to give the Arabs an unexpected half-time lead.
However, top scorer McGinn blasted a free-kick into the top corner to level the scores, and see that both sides began 2013 with a point.
Elsewhere, Liam Craig grabbed the only goal to hand St Johnstone a 1-0 win over Dundee.
St Mirren were denied victory as Cammy Bell helped Kilmarnock earn a hard-fought point in a 1-1 draw at St Mirren Park.
Liam Kelly fired Kilmarnock ahead from the penalty spot. St Mirren pushed for an equaliser and Bell made three fine saves before conceding to Paul McGowan’s penalty.