Nacional returned to winning ways after Marco Matias scored two goals in the club’s 2-2 draw at home to fifth-placed Vitoria Guimaraes.
Manuel Machado’s men were defeated by high-flying Sporting Lisbon last week but Nacional – 10th in the standings – bounced back at Estadio da Madeira on Monday.
Matias gave Nacional a dream start after putting the ball in the back of the net barely a minute into the contest.
It was all Guimaraes, who cemented a spot in next season’s UEFA Europa League via the third qualifying round, from that point on the back of two goals before half-time.
Valente equalised in the 14th minute and Bernard Mensah put the visitors ahead eight minutes before the interval.
But Nacional regrouped to earn a share of the spoils thanks to Matias, who levelled proceedings 13 minutes from time.