They're up to fourth place, ahead of England by just three-hundredths of a point and they have Handre Pollard's injury-time conversion to thank for that.
The Springboks looked set to lose a topsy-turvy contest at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, before Herschel Jantjies' try gave the Boks the chance to level which they did.
The result means the last four tests between the two nations have all been decided by two points or less.
The All Blacks remain atop the standings with Wales and Ireland also in the top four. There were no other changes inside the top 10.