A moment of magic from Jermain Defoe ended our run of defeats in a tense Easter Monday clash at the Lane.
Defoe completely outwitted City defender Sun Jihai before sliding home the equaliser at the start of the second half.
In an enthralling end to the game, Defoe appeared to have his shirt tugged in the box by Richard Dunne only for penalty appeals to be waved away and Robbie Keane had a goal ruled out for offside.
But City will point to a crucial moment just before the break when Kasey Keller somehow kept out Robbie Fowler from close range when a second goal seemed a formality.
In the end, a draw was probably a fair result.
David Pleat brought in Fredi Kanoute for Robbie Keane, Gus Poyet and Mauricio Taricco in three changes from the Good Friday defeat at Everton.
The recalled Poyet had a huge say in a bright start to the first half.
Showing all his enthusiasm, the Uruguayan midfielder flicked a header just wide, powered another header at James and skied an overhead kick attempt all in the first 20 minutes.
Kanoute then poked powerfully from 20 yards after Defoe's clever dummy only for James to claw the ball out at full stretch.
City then broke away and opened the scoring with 25 minutes on the clock. It was simplicity itself as McManaman rolled the ball into Anelka, he evaded Taricco and Doherty and although Keller did well to block the initial shot from 10 yards, Anelka was left with an empty net.
The visitors came into it more after that. Bosvelt should have done better with a clear sight of goal 18 yards out and then a wonderful save from Keller to deny Fowler from point-blank range from McManaman's cross.
We started well again in the second half. The woodwork denied a combination of Poyet and Gary Doherty before Defoe's leveller after 52 minutes. Simon Davies crossed deep, Poyet was in there again and Defoe picked the ball up at far post, faked to pass to Michael Brown, turned inside Jihai and beat James from the angle.
Taricco tried his luck from distance but City weren't dead as Dunne defended for his life and McManaman pulled the strings going forward - Anelka should have done better from a quick free-kick but glanced wide.
Then the storming finish. Keane's poke home from close range was chalked off for offside after 84 minutes, Defoe's penalty appeals were ignored after 87, Doherty did well to clear from Paolo Wanchope in injury time and the final effort, Redknapp firing just wide from 15 yards in the last seconds.
MINUTE BY MINUTE GUIDE
1min: Good start from recalled Poyet, spread play wide to Taricco, in the box to meet the cross but always stretching and flicked header wide.
2mins: Defoe dragged 20-yarder wide.
10mins: Towering header from Poyet at far post straight at James.
19mins: Poyet attempted spectacular overhead from Doherty's nod down but ball ended up in Row Z.
21mins: Defoe dummied pass from Brown to Kanoute, early shot from 20 yards clawed away at full stretch by James.
25mins: GOAL. McManaman fed Anelka in box, managed to evade Taricco and Doherty, first shot saved by Keller but tapped in rebound. 0-1.
28mins: Good hold up play from Kanoute, ball back to Brown and squared for Davies but low shot easy for James.
30mins: SUB. Kelly for Carr.
31mins: CHANCE. Doherty decent tackle on Anelka but loose ball fell to Bosvelt, free, 18 yards out, shot a yard wide.
34mins: YELLOW. Poyet for foul on McManaman.
44mins: SAVE. Magnificent stop from Keller point-blank to deny Fowler tapping in McManaman's cross.
Half-time: Spurs 0, City 1
50mins: YELLOW. Fowler for foul on Brown.
50mins: WOODWORK. Poyet and Doherty went for cross but ball cannoned back off post.
52mins: GOAL. Davies cross from left, Poyet caused havoc in the box, Defoe picked up loose ball, faked to pass back into the box, cut inside Jihai and rolled ball under James. 1-1.
57mins: Taricco rocket from 30 yards too hot to handle for James who catches at the second attempt.
63mins: SUBS. Bunjevcevic for Taricco; Wanchope for Fowler.
72mins: CHANCE. Tarnat picked out Anelka with a quick free-kick but the striker missed the target from 10 yards.
72mins: SUB. Keane for Poyet.
73mins: SUB. Sinclair for Jihai.
76mins: Important header from Kelly as Wanchope went for Wright-Phillips cross.
78mins: Kanoute wrestled possession away from Distin and found Keane, he beat Bosvelt and drove in cross that Dunne did well to clear.
82mins: Anelka run and shot from 22 yards comfortable for Keller.
84mins: DISALLOWED. Kanoute flick nodded to Defoe by Redknapp, shot blocked, Keane followed up but ruled offside.
87mins: PENALTY. Blatant shirt pull on Defoe by Dunne but appeals waved away.
Injury time: Doherty in the nick of time to deny Wanchope in front of goal.
Injury time: CLOSE. Redknapp spun to hit loose ball from corner but dragged it wide.
Line-ups: Spurs: Keller, Carr (Kelly, 30), Taricco (Bunjevcevic, 63), Gardner, Doherty, Brown, Poyet (Keane, 72), Davies, Redknapp, Kanoute, Defoe. Subs: Hirschfeld, Ricketts.
Manchester City: James, Distin, Fowler (Wanchope, 63), Sibierski, Jihai (Sinclair, 73), Tarnat, McManaman, Dunne, Bosvelt, Wright-Phillips, Anelka. Subs: Arason, Macken, Barton.
Referee: C Foy.