Beijing Guoan scored twice in the final 15 minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw at home to Shanghai Shenxin on Sunday.
Johnny scored the opening goal on four minutes before Antonio Flavio doubled Shenxin's lead with half-an-hour remaining at Workers' Stadium.
But just as Shenxin looked track for their first win of the season, former Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute converted a 72nd-minute penalty.
Kanoute's spot-kick seemed to rejuvenate Beijing and within two minutes they were level courtesy of Andre Lima.
The draw maintains Beijing's unbeaten start to the campaign, while also elevating them up to third position, two points behind leaders Qingdao Jonoon.
Defending Champions Guangzhou Evergrande are a point further back in fourth position after disposing of Dalian Aerbin 2-1.
Elkeson put Evergrande in front five minutes into the second half and ex-Borussia Dortmund marksman Lucas Barrios made it two for the visitors with 25 minutes remaining.
Former Paris Saint-Germain attacker Guillaume Hoarau pulled a goal back eight minutes later but it proved nothing more than a consolation.
In other results on Sunday, fifth-placed Liaoning Whowin upstaged Hangzhou 3-1, while Guizhou Renhe made it two wins on the bounce with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Jiangsu Sainty.