Substitute Shaun Miller netted a late leveller to guide Crewe to a 1-1 draw and leave Torquay without a win in seven games.
Torquay started brightly and could have taken an early lead but Chris Zebroski's effort was palmed away to safety by Crewe goalkeeper Steve Phillips.
The striker made no mistake after seven minutes when his curling shot left Phillips with no chance.
Paul Buckle's men should have doubled their advantage but Danny Stevens' low drive ricocheted off the foot of a post.
At the other end, Joel Grant and Calvin Zola wasted good chances to level the scores before the latter had the ball in the net late on, only to see the goal ruled out for offside.
But Dario Gradi's men ensured they earned a share of the spoils when Poke failed to deal with Harry Worley's long punt up field and Miller was on hand to score a minute into stoppage time.
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