They were playing down the slope and with the wind against them in the first half, but coped admirably and were unfortunate not to go in at half-time a goal ahead.
On the half-hour mark, Paul Sykes volleyed over from Mark Munday's free-kick, but then Linnets enjoyed their best period of the match.
Dave Puttnam broke down the left, crossed to the opposite side of the home area, where an effort from Jon Palmer making his first start for three months - was smartly turned round the post by Lee Turner.
The persistent Shaun Keeble did well to beat a defender to a long ball but Turner again saved at his near post. Then in a wild goalmouth melee from a corner, Keeble hit the bar and Palmer's follow-up was blocked as The Gate somehow scrambled a clearance.
After a quiet first quarter of an hour of the second half, Palmer wasted an excellent chance by heading wide a Tony Marsden cross. Puttnam's cross bizarrely eluded everyone and the net, then Glen Fuff was denied by the bar after bullet-heading a Puttnam free-kick with 15 minutes left.
Chuck Martini saved from Sykes and Jay Saunders, but otherwise the Lynn defence was its usual solid self.
Another draw seemed likely until Eliot Martin weaved dangerously into the left edge of the box. Mark Harbottle went in to challenge, Martin went over looking for the penalty and it was duly given. Sykes stepped up to hit it hard and low to give Martini no chance.
There was still time for Dave Robinson to direct an overhead kick wide from a corner.
Lynn: Martini, Nwadike (Turner 83), Spearing, Robinson. Fuff, Clark, Harbottle, Marsden, Keeble, Palmer Puttnam. Subs (not used) Rowland, McGinty.
Margate: Turner, Blackford, O'Brien, Edwards Porter, O'Connell, Munday (Lamb 64), Martin, Sykes, Collins, Saunders. Subs (not used) Greatorex, Yorath.
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