Despite the late setback, Rafa Benitez's team are well set in the second automatic promotion slot in England's second tier, eight points ahead of third-placed Huddersfield Town with four games remaining.
Brighton kept on track for promotion after goals in either half from French winger Anthony Knockaert earned them a 2-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday.
Chris Hughton's team will be promoted on Monday if they beat Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield fail to beat Derby. Even if other results do not help them, Brighton will go up if they take four points from their remaining four matches.
Leeds still have some work to do if they are to secure a place in the promotion playoffs but the late leveller leaves them in fourth place -- three points ahead of seventh placed Fulham.
After a frantic start, in front of a 52,301 crowd at St James' Park, Leeds came close to an opener in the ninth minute when Spanish winger Alfonso Pedraza’s long range effort crashed down off the bar and Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow did well to keep out Kemar Roofe’s headed follow-up.
The Yorkshire side were playing with intensity and determination but Newcastle gradually became dominant and visiting keeper Rob Green was almost caught out at the near post by a Jonjo Shelvey corner in the 26th minute.
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