Chiefs didn’t have a strong start after the pace from Highlands up front proved troublesome in the opening spell.
A shot on the turn from Peter Shalulile just missed the top corner after Daniel Cardoso was caught napping at the far side.
The first shot on target from the visitors happened soon after Khama Billiat was on the receiving end of a counterattack to shot narrowly off target.
Highlands still looked the more enterprising, moving the ball forward with ease. Lindokuhle Mbatha took aim at Itumeleng Khune with a thumping shot from outside the box, which the latter managed to save.
At the other end, Dumisani Zuma missed a glorious chance to pounce on poor defending with a straight shot at Tapuwa Kapini.
Thabo Motlafi unleashed a first-time volley from the edge of the box, but Khune used his quick reflexes to put it into touch.
A run down the right from Mbatha allowed him to feed a low cross which was met at the far post from Shalulile after a miskick from Mothobi Mvala, but Khune saved well.
A header from Cardoso following a corner from Billiat slayed off goal as the half ended goalless at a packed venue in Tembisa.
The nervy spell from the Glamour Boys went on well into the second half, with Highlands Park controlling a large portion of proceedings.
Defender Brian Rae crept underneath the Amakhosi defence from a corner to head over the top on 50 minutes.
Motlafi became a menace on the left and prodded in another shot at goal, but Khune saved easily at the his near post.
Zuma sneaked ahead of his marker to meet a cross, but his good work was left in vain after failing to head on target a minute later.
Seeing how their struggle came worse, Giovanni Solinas made a double switch as Bernard Parker and Hendrick Pule Ekstein entered at the midway stage.
Owen Da Gama responded too with the introduction of Sifiso Nyembe for the hard-running Motlafi minutes later.
Ekstein nearly stole the headlights after combining with Siphelele Ntshangase, but he missed the target with only the goalkeeper at his mercy.
A poor out-field clearance from Khune landed at the feet of Brian Haoseb who took a shot from outside the box that just missed the goal.
A well-timed run from Ekstein connected with Billiat’s inside pass, but the former once again missed from close range.
Highlands nearly stole the points after Haoseb headed in a cross, but the goal was correctly ruled for offside a minute from added time.
Billiat found space on the right and launched an inside shot that forced Kapini to push for a corner in added time to round off the clash.