Aaron Mooy has scored in Shanghai Port's 2-2 draw with newly-crowned champions Shandong Taishan to ensure his side will be guaranteed at least a top-three position in the Chinese Super League.
Duan Liuyu had put Shandong ahead after just eight minutes on Saturday but Shanghai hit back in the second half with Hu Jinghang's 69th minute equaliser before Socceroo Mooy struck in the 76th minute to put the visitors ahead.
But a penalty deep into injury time from Moises Lima Magalhaes earned Hao Wei's title winners a point, leaving Shanghai still two points adrift of Guangzhou FC in third place.
Shanghai and Guangzhou meet in the final game of the season on Tuesday, with Mooy's side needing to win to finish second.
Guangzhou need only a draw to be sure of finishing runners-up for the second campaign in a row after missing out on last year's title to now-defunct Jiangsu Suning.
Guangzhou handed Changchun Yatai a 2-0 defeat at Tianhe Stadium to confirm their place in next year's Asian Champions League.
Goals in the final 17 minutes from Ling Jie and Tan Kaiyuan earned Zheng Zhi's side all three points against fourth-placed Changchun.
Elsewhere, Shenzhen FC defeated 10-man Hebei FC through a second half goal from Alan Kardec while Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou City played out a 1-1 draw.
Matches in the championship rounds of the Chinese Super League are being played in a biosecure bubble in Guangzhou to limit cross-country travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.