The Crusaders win streak at home is over, but their unbeaten run isn't.
The two-time Super Rugby defending champions have drawn 21-all with the Sharks in Christchurch, after first five Mitchell Hunt kicked an 81st minute conversion to force the stalemate.
The result sees the Crusaders win streak at home finish at 25, but their unbeaten run extend to 26.
The visiting Sharls scored all their points off the boot with first-five Curwin Bosch kicking seven penalties.
The Crusaders scored their points through three converted tries to Codie Taylor, Jack Goodhue and Mitch Hunt.
First five Richie Mo'unga believes his side must adapt to referees calls better as they chase a three-peat.
Mo'unga was on a rest week and carried the water for his side but acknowledges the Sharks' disrupted their momentum.
"We've got to be squeaky clean, we gave away a lot of penalties and that allowed them to put points on the board. Against that Sharks team last night, [Curwin] Bosch, who's been kicking awesome this year, he's going to punish you."
The Crusaders now en route to South Africa for their two game tour there.