Australia remain in command of the second Ashes Test, but England's lower-order put up a much-needed fight in the middle session at Adelaide Oval on Monday.
Nathan Lyon (2-55) and Mitchell Starc (3-49) each took brilliant catches off their own bowling to remove Moeen Ali (25) and Jonny Bairstow (21) respectively, allowing the hosts to start thinking about potentially enforcing the follow on.
However, Chris Woakes (36) and debutant Craig Overton (36 not out) combined for a 66-run partnership for the eighth wicket.
That was just what England needed as the tourists reached 219-8 - still trailing by 223 - although Woakes fell before the dinner break.
Lyon took a wonderful return catch to remove Moeen, diving to his left and plucking a one-handed effort.
When Bairstow fell - Starc taking a fine return catch on the second attempt after managing to get a hand on a drive - England were 142-7.
It followed on from what had been Australia's opening session, with the hosts taking four wickets.
However, Woakes and Overton - albeit unconvincingly - showed the top order what could have been.
They were positive against plenty of short bowling from Australia, the duo at least slowing the hosts' momentum.
Woakes went just before dinner, only managing to spoon a return catch to Starc with his attempted leg-side clip, but Stuart Broad survived until the interval without scoring.