Kim Bo-Kyung spared Cardiff City's blushes as the Premier League new boys were held to a 1-1 draw at Cheltenham on Saturday.
The South Korea international midfielder cancelled out Troy Brown's opener as Cardiff's League Two opponents threatened to produce a shock result.
New Cardiff signing John Brayford started on the bench following his move from Derby County on Friday, alongside the club's record signing Andreas Cornelius.
Cheltenham reached the play-off semi-finals last season and it was Mark Yates' side that took the lead at Whaddon Road 12 minutes in, with Brown scoring from close range after a corner.
Cardiff piled on the pressure as they searched for an equaliser and last season's Championship title winners were level 12 minutes later.
Craig Bellamy was the architect as he cut in from the right-hand side to set up Kim, who calmly drove the ball past Scott Brown.
Three minutes later, Fraizer Campbell thought he had put Cardiff ahead but he was ruled offside with Brown also seeing one of his efforts ruled out for the same reason seven minutes after the break.
Cornelius was brought on in the second half and saw a free-kick saved but it was to remain 1-1.
Malky Mackay's Cardiff side are next in action on Tuesday against League One outfit Brentford before home friendlies against Chievo and Athletic Bilbao.