A first-half strike by Lee Hughes was enough to give Notts County victory at struggling Walsall.
The former West Brom striker scored early on after he turned sharply on a Ben Burgess knock down.
Saddlers keeper Jimmy Walker, who was celebrating recently becoming the club's record appearance holder, was forced off with a hamstring injury.
George Bowerman looked to have levelled but his goal was ruled out for a foul by Manny Smith on Stuart Nelson.
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Notts County manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"It's a battling performance, we played very, very well in the first half, kept possession and moved the ball around the pitch.
"We had a couple of good chances, Lee (Hughes) made a great finish to put us one up. We did have a few other chances to go further ahead but they weren't taken.
"And then second half, I must say, it was backs to the wall.
"They did come into the game but we defended our box valiantly - sometimes you have to do that. Ten players, defending the goal, winning headers, winning knock-downs, winning tackles."
Walsall 01 Walker (Grof - 46' ) 03 Sadler 04 Butler 12 Beevers 14 Taundry 06 Smith Booked 07 Chambers 19 Peterlin (Cuvelier - 61' ) 10 Macken (Bowerman - 37' ) 15 Paterson 16 Nicholls Substitutes 21 Grof 05 Lancashire 11 Hurst 25 Cuvelier 17 Bowerman Notts County 17 Nelson 03 Sheehan 20 Freeman 23 Harley 24 Chilvers 35 Stewart 10 Bishop 14 Judge 31 Mahon 09 L Hughes (Forte - 84' ) 22 Burgess (Bencherif - 75' Booked ) Substitutes 21 Mitchell 18 Sodje 06 Bencherif 07 Demontagnac 15 Forte