Andi Weimann came off the bench to help Villa to a deserved 1-1 draw in Paderborn.
Weimann pounced on the hour mark, collecting an exquisite Samir Carruthers throughball down the middle, before rounding keeper Lukas Kruse and firing home.
It was no more than Weimann deserved after a second half display of effort, endeavour and enthusiasm.
Villa, too, were much improved after the break with Weimann and Carruthers linking well time and again for the visitors.
Indeed, Weimann could have earned the victory with two late efforts.
With the first, he controlled, swiveled and fired straight at Kruse.
With the second, he curled a wonderful effort which the keeper tipped away.
Paderborn edged the first half with more genuine chances than the visitors.
The first effort, though, fell to Paul Lambert's men, Ciaran Clark heading wide from Ashley Westwood's corner on 10 minutes.
But the Bundesliga 2 team were in front on 22 minutes, Rick ten Voorde finishing astutely after being teed-up by the wing play of Thomas Bertels down the left.
Mahir Saglik almost doubled the lead on 26 minutes with his shot from 20 yards which was undoubtedly goalbound but new signing Jed Steer was equal to the task as he held the ball.
Westwood had the best chance for the claret and blues in the first half on 37 minutes.
Nicklas Helenius worked well down the right channel before passing square to the elegant midfielder who sidefooted goalwards. Unfortunately, there were two home defenders there to clear for the corner.
Saglik, lively for the hosts, again tried his luck from 20 yards on 38 minutes but Steer was in the right place at the right time.
Just a minute later, Elias Kachunga fired well over after neat footwork.
After the break, it was all change for Villa as Lambert mixed-and-matched once again.
Gary Gardner went close on 47 minutes with a skidding 30-yarder which went just wide.
Kachunga tried his luck from the right side of the box on 56 minutes but the ball flew straight at Brad Guzan.
Then Saglik missed a golden chance two minutes later, firing wide from close-range.
Weimann leveled matters on 60 minutes, rounding the keeper after a glorious pass down the centre from Carruthers.
The forward was unlucky with two further efforts - on 69 minutes and 74 minutes.
But Lambert will have been happy with the base of fitness built up in the second game of the pre-season tour as well as the debut of Stourbridge-born right-back Josh Webb.
First Half: Steer, Vlaar, Clark, Bacuna, Helenius, Westwood, Delph, Webb, Bowery, Bennett, Carruthers.
Second Half: Guzan, Lowton, Baker, El Ahmadi, Luna, Sylla, Bowery [Burke], Weimann, Herd, Gardner, Carruthers.