Goals by Marko Reus and Maniche meant Cologne and Borussia Monchengladbach shared the points in a result that was of little use to either side as they look to climb up the table.
Reus put Monchengladbach ahead 11 minutes into the second half with a fine individual goal before Maniche levelled with a little over ten minutes remaining, with the draw keeping the visitors three points ahead of Cologne.
Gladbach started the game on the back of two heavy defeats, but it was Michael Frontzeck's team that took the initiative at the RheinEnergieStadion, Rob Friend spurning a free header after just five minutes.
Lukas Podolski nearly hit back for the hosts, sending a left-footed shot wide from 30 yards before he then fired another left-footed shot into the bottom left of the goal, but the Germany striker was judged to have fouled a defender and the goal was disallowed.
Cologne almost went ahead seven minutes into the second half when Petit unleashed a powerful shot from 20 yards that went past the left post. However, just four minutes later Gladbach were ahead, Reus drilling a shot from 20 yards that went into the bottom left of the goal.
Monchengladbach were just 11 minutes from victory when Maniche equalised for Cologne. Zoran Tosic sent in a pass from the right which reached Maniche and the Portuguese midfielder hit a powerful shot from 20 yards that went into the top right of the goal to secure a point for the hosts.