Sakho's outstanding form has been a major factor in Palace's recent upturn in form that has moved them six points clear of the bottom three, justifying the £2 million loan fee they paid Liverpool.
The visitors appeared to be on their way to victory after Vardy had made it 2-0 early in the second half, but a resurgent Palace dug deep as Cabaye quickly cut the deficit and Benteke earned a deserved point for Sam Allardyce's side 20 minutes from time. "Steve was extremely clever in negotiating the return and we're all benefitting from that at the moment, and long may we benefit for many seasons from now".
"They probably need another couple of draws or a win in their last five games".
Again Palace did not lose belief, and within two minutes scored their first goal.
Crystal Palace Possible XI: Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Sakho, Schlupp, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Puncheon, Zaha, Benteke, Townsend.
Released by a delightful pass from Riyad Mahrez, Vardy spun his marker before unleashing a thumping left-footed shot into the far corner for his sixth league goal in seven games.
Allardyce's men refused to throw in the towel, though, and Cabaye promptly hit back, firing a low shot past the helpless Schmeichel after Jeffrey Schlupp's low cross from the left. However, Sam Allardyce's side fought back and pulled level in the 70th minute when Christian Benteke popped up to head his side level and complete the comeback.
The Belgium worldwide came close to a victor soon after, but Schmeichel showed his class with a fine save to preserve a point for the Champions League quarter-finalists.
Crystal Palace took another step toward Premier League survival by recovering from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw with Leicester on Saturday.
Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare is likely to rest some players ahead of their European clash and Jamie Vardy, Christian Fuchs and Yohan Benalouane could all be kept fresh.
Surprise of the matchThat Palace had it in them to respond from going two goals down.
A winning goal eluded either team, denying each a sixth league win from seven.