|LuaLua 61, Lopez (pen) 88||Venue: Amex Stadium
|Wood 25, 57|
BRIGHTON fought back from 2-0 down to deny Millwall victory in a thrilling game at the Amex Stadium.
Chris Wood scored two stunning goals either side of half-time to put the Lions in control, but Kazenga LuaLua gave the Seagulls hope and David Lopez converted a late penalty to equalise.
Kenny Jackett's side remain sixth in the Championship table by virtue of goal difference, having drawn level on points with fifth-placed Leicester City.
Boss Jackett made three changes to his side, bringing in Josh Wright, Chris Taylor and Jack Smith for Jimmy Abdou, Scott Malone and Dany N'Guessan respectively.
Striker Andy Keogh had initially been named in Millwall's starting line-up, but damaged the broken toe he has been carrying for the past three weeks in the warm up.
The Lions could have been in front inside 60 seconds when James Henry's cross picked out Liam Trotter unmarked, but the midfielder planted his header straight into the arms of Tomasz Kuszczak.
The visitors had a penalty appeal for handball turned down in the 14th minute when Josh Wright's volley from the edge of the area was blocked in front of goal.
Will Buckley registered Brighton's first effort on goal with a wayward header from Lopez's corner, before Lowry's shot was deflected away from danger at the other end.
But in the 25th minute, Millwall took the lead. Henry's slide-rule pass set Lowry away down the left, the left-back whipped a teasing ball across the face of goal and Wood steered home with the inside of his boot.
Despite being regarded as one of the Championship's best passing sides, the Seagulls continued to look most threatening from set-pieces.
And in the 32nd minute, Lopez's free-kick was headed onto the underside of the bar by Gordon Greer as Gus Poyet's side went close to producing an immediate response to falling behind.
After Adam Smith's piledriver had been held by Kuszczak, Craig Mackail-Smith spurned a glorious chance to equalise when he scuffed substitute Kazenga Lua Lua's cross wide from close range.
However, Trotter nearly made it 2-0 in the 41st minute when he powered Henry's cross inches wide of the far post with Kuszczak rooted to the spot.
Brighton came out with renewed energy at the start of the second period and were denied by the woodwork again in the 56th minute when Lopez's 25-yard free-kick hit the angle of post and bar.
But out of nothing, Wood doubled Millwall's lead with a goal all of his own making. After collecting possession on the edge of the area, the West Brom loanee bent an inch-perflect shot across Kuszczak and into the top corner.
However, Brighton pulled a goal back just four minutes later when LuaLua unleashed a low drive that nestled inside the far post.
Inevitably, the home side surged forward after reducing the deficit but the Lions continued to look dangerous on the break, with sub Liam Feeney and Henry both trying their luck from the edge of the area.
Adam El-Abd thought he had grabbed the equaliser for the Seagulls in the 78th minute but his header trickled across the line before being cleared for a corner by Henry.
It could easily have been 3-1 when Trotter's 20-yard shot took a wicked deflection, but the ball sailed over the roof of Kuszczak's net and behind for a corner.
But in the 88th minute, Mackail-Smith went down under the challenge of Feeney inside the area and Lopez converted the penalty to make it 2-2.
Brighton: Kuszczak, El-Abd, Dunk (LuaLua, 39mins), Greer, Bridge; Bridcutt (Hoskins, 76mins), Hammond, Crofts (Barnes, 66mins), Lopez, Buckley, Mackail-Smith. Subs not used: Brezovan, Dobbie, Harley, March.
Millwall: Forde, A.Smith, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Henry, Wright, J.Smith, C.Taylor (Feeney, 51mins), Trotter, Wood (Henderson, 89mins). Subs not used: M.Taylor, Malone, Osborne, Batt.