CHRIS O'Grady's equaliser in the 79th minute rescued a point for the Reds at home to Reading.
The striker struck to bring a run of four straight defeats to an end.
Reading had taken the lead early in the second half when midfielder Hal Robson-Kanu drilled the ball home from outside the penalty area.
The result pushes Reading up into fifth place, while Barnsley remain at the foot of the Championship.
"I see a team that is fighting and that is what they did," said David Flitcroft. "I was pleased with all aspects. The whole team was outstanding and there was a lot of exciting points - I'm only looking forward.
"I needed a performance, we needed to show the fans we are fighting.
"That was against Reading, they'll be in the top three all season, no doubt about that and we have made a superior team look very ordinary."