Goals from Lee Hughes and Jeff Hughes gave Notts County victory over Exeter.
The Magpies were gifted an early goal when visiting keeper Artur Krysiak sliced a back-pass straight to Lee Hughes, who rolled home.
Exeter soon drew level though when Billy Jones' corner found Scot Bennett to head home from close range.
However, the hosts regained the lead through Jeff Hughes' penalty, after Troy Archibald-Henville's foul on Jon Harley in the box.
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Notts County manager Martin Allen said:
"It's always hard to play against Exeter because they play good football. They move the ball about the pitch. They never change their way of playing.
"After 15 minutes I think we could have been about four-nil up, with great efforts by Lee Hughes and a couple of other good chances.
"But it wasn't to be. In the second half it was a very gritty, determined, not good-to-look-at performance but three points in that style is pretty good."
Exteter City boss Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:
"I'm frustrated because we gave it a good go, especially in the second half. It is frustration born out two very, very soft goals.
"You can view it with some kind of critical view to see how you could have done things better but our goals against were particularly soft today.
"To say we gifted them the first is probably an understatement. That's what happens, it's a tough league.
"I couldn't have got a better response from my team in the second half and we played extremely well."
Notts County 17 Nelson 20 Freeman 23 Harley Booked 24 Chilvers (Pearce - 62' ) 35 Stewart 10 Bishop 11 J Hughes 14 Judge (Bencherif - 82' ) 31 Mahon 09 L Hughes (Montano - 70' ) 22 Burgess Substitutes 21 Mitchell 05 Pearce 06 Bencherif 15 Forte 30 Montano Exeter 01 Krysiak 02 Tully (Duffy - 59' ) 03 Jones 05 Archibald-Henville 18 Coles 26 Bennett 04 Dunne 08 Noble Booked (Sercombe - 63' ) 10 Nardiello Booked 19 O'Flynn 21 Bauza (Logan - 56' ) Substitutes 40 Pidgeley 06 Duffy 07 Sercombe 35 Taylor 20 Logan