The Exiles started brightly and had three early crosses before the recalled Hughes fired over from distance.
Last year’s top goalscorer Chris Zebroski had the first real chance of the game though when he headed over Robbie Willmott’s cross from close range.
County were by far the better side but were almost caught out when Albion striker Stuart Beavon was played in, with a superbly timed challenge by Kevin Feely denying him a certain goal, and a certain red card had Feely mistimed his tackle.
But the Exiles scored a deserved opener on 37-minutes when Sharps headed into his own net. Jackson’s long-throw was nodded goalwards by Zebroski and in trying to clear on the line, Sharps saw his header come off the bar and fall into his own goal.
The home side came close to a worldy of a second when Lee Minshull struck a superb 25-yard volley from the right that cannoned off the crossbar, with the ‘keeper well beaten.
County deserved their half-time lead but were pegged back early in the second-half when John Mousinho scored an equaliser on 51-minutes. The home side failed to clear a cross that fell to Mousinho to fire into the far post from just 10-yards out.
Jackson came close as County searched for an equaliser but his volley was deflected inches wide of the post, and then had to be alert at the other end to clear Sharps headed effort off the line.
As the game became more open, Adam Chapman saw a goalbound effort blocked before a loose Mark Byrne pass let in Lucas Akins who dinked the ball over Lenny Pidgeley in the County goal, but thankfully his shot came back off the post.
Zebroski and Jackson both missed chances late on but the Exiles will be relieved to end their losing streak and finally get up and running for the season.
County Team: Pidgeley; Jackson, Feely, Jones (c), Hughes, Willmott; Brne, Chapman, Minshull; O’Connor (Jeffers, 80), Zebroski
Unused Subs: Thomas, Yakubu, Sandell, Klukowski, Patten, Jolley
My MOTM: Ryan Jackson. Pace caused Burton problems and long-throw set up goal.