Everton boss Ronald Koeman admitted he is proud of his players for battling back and earning a point at Brighton.
The struggling Toffees were staring at another defeat when Anthony Knockaert fired Brighton ahead eight minutes from time.
But Seagulls captain Bruno was penalised for fouling Dominic Calvert-Lewin with two minutes remaining and Rooney tucked home the equaliser.
However, the goal is unlikely to lift the pressure on Everton manager Ronald Koeman, whose out-of-sorts side are still without an away win since January.
“Of course, in this situation that the team is, you need a little bit of luck,” Koeman said.
“The first 30 minutes we dominated and the second half, more difficult. It was really difficult to bring them down and they got the goal.
“I’m proud of the players for what we showed after that. We had the belief to get at least one point, and maybe we deserved another two.
“The first goal was defensively sloppy. You need to stay on your feet. You can’t go down easily.
“We lost a little bit of control after one or two mistakes in our ball possession. One way to come out of this difficult situation is working hard. To show the belief and commitment of the players.
“In football, maybe it’s only one point but it is a different picture. We at least deserve one point today.”