Four minutes later, Nawaz was called into action as he had to palm away a fierce low shot from Abdoulay Diaby who set up for a shot by a clever layoff from Mabkhout in the 38th minute.
Air Force Club asserted themselves in the game from the early minutes, pinning Mumbai City deep into their own half but the Iraqi side couldn't convert their chances.
Mumbai, placed fifth in the points table with 31 points from 19 matches, will not only have to beat Hyderabad FC but also hope Kerala Blasters FC lose to FC Goa on Sunday.
The task at hand was to beat defending champions Mumbai City FC in the penultimate game of the league stage and the yellow brigade held their nerve in a dramatic and nervy 3-1 win.
After three matches without a goal, Modou Sougou (26', 39', 60') returned to the scoresheet with an excellent performance.
The 24-year-old custodian joined Mumbai City FC for the 2016 season of the ISL, initially on loan from Bengaluru FC.
Kerala's stuttering campaign in the league was given a shot in the arm in the national capital thanks to veteran Canadian Iain Hume’s goal-scoring skills with a timely hat-trick.
The draw took Mumbai City to the top four with 14 points from nine matches while Jamshedpur FC are placed sixth on the table with 10 points from eight matches.
The three points gained from the match helped Mumbai take their tally to 13 points from eight games and jump three spots from fifth spot and lie in second place, three points behind leaders CFC.
The win took Mumbai into the top four of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) table, and banished the memories of a disappointing 0-1 loss against ATK at home.
Edu scored in the 67th minute off a set-piece movement while Chhetri cashed in on a defensive blunder from Mehrajuddin Wadoo in the third minute of stoppage time.
The league has been extended for two more months, being played over five months instead of the earlier three, with the coming of two more sides.
However, with the perfect blend of youth and experiance, the stopper is confident of his side's chances of winning the tournmanet this year.