Goals from Michael Gash, Harry Pell and Kevin Roberts sealed victory for mid-table Cambridge at Barrow.
Gash fired the visitors ahead from close range but Jack Mackreth equalised for Barrow when his bobbled strike beat keeper Danny Naisbitt.
Jez George's side regained the advantage seven minutes before the break when Hereford loanee Pell converted Ross Jarvis' corner.
Jarvis again turned provider from a corner as Roberts headed home.
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Barrow manager Dave Bayliss told BBC Cumbria:
"We were poor defensively again - our right-back position (has) cost us one or two goals every single week for the last four or five games and that will be corrected come the summer.
"Danny's probably one of the best goalkeepers in the league, he gets no protection. I've just said to Danny 'I'd be pinning people up by the throat and I'd be punching people' and believe me I wouldn't stop it - I'd let him beat them because some of them deserve it.
"That shows how thick some of them are, they're out of work in two weeks time."
Cambridge United manager Jez George speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:
"It's frustrating for me that the players don't want it enough. I've just questioned their standards and the standards this football club sets needs to be higher.
"We want success and success isn't fighting to be in the top ten, it's fighting to be top. The management standards are never going to go down but there seems to be a gap in our expectations and the players expectations.
"They need to understand what it takes to become successful and that is the drum we need to keep banging."
Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Jennings by Cliff Moyo. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Luke Berry on Richie Baker, free kick awarded. Richie Baker has an effort direct from the free kick, Corner taken right-footed by Paul Smith, Close range strike by Andy Nicholas goes over the bar. Blocked by Rory McAuley.
Michael Gash is caught offside. Danny Hurst restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Smith takes a shot.
Substitution Ashley Corker replaces Tom Shaw.
Paul Smith has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Paul Smith takes a corner.
Rossi Jarvis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Rutherford. Shot on goal comes in from Paul Smith from the free kick, blocked by Rory McAuley.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Hughes on Gavin Skelton. Free kick taken by Gavin Skelton.
The offside flag is raised against Richie Baker. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.
Michael Gash has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Paul Smith has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Michael Gash by Cliff Moyo results in a free kick. James Jennings crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, save by Danny Hurst.
Indirect free kick taken by James Jennings.
Booking Paul Smith goes into the book.
Paul Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Harry Pell.
Short corner worked by Paul Smith.
Adam Boyes takes a shot. Save made by Danny Naisbitt.
Shot from inside the area by Liam Hughes clears the bar.
Substitution (Cambridge Utd) makes a substitution, with Liam Hughes coming on for Kevin Roberts.
Rossi Jarvis provided the assist for the goal.
57:47 Goal scored
Goal! - Kevin Roberts - Barrow 1 - 3 Cambridge Kevin Roberts scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Barrow 1-3 Cambridge Utd.
Rossi Jarvis takes the inswinging corner,
James Jennings concedes a free kick for a foul on Cliff Moyo. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Mackreth.
Outswinging corner taken by Paul Smith, clearance made by Luke Berry.
Substitution Cliff Moyo joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Owen.
Rossi Jarvis fouled by Andy Ferrell, the ref awards a free kick. Blaine Hudson takes the free kick.
James Jennings takes a shot. Save made by Danny Hurst.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:00 +1:11 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.
Jonathon Thorpe challenges Gavin Skelton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Hurst takes the indirect free kick.
Harry Pell challenges Paul Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Hurst takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Ferrell on Jonathon Thorpe. Kevin Roberts takes the indirect free kick.
37:41 Goal scored
Goal! - Harry Pell - Barrow 1 - 2 Cambridge Harry Pell gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barrow 1-2 Cambridge Utd.
Rossi Jarvis takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post,
Jack Mackreth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Jennings. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Gash takes a shot. Save by Danny Hurst.
Andy Ferrell challenges Rossi Jarvis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rossi Jarvis takes the direct free kick.
Rossi Jarvis fouled by Andy Ferrell, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by James Jennings.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Harry Pell. Free kick taken by Danny Hurst.
Andy Nicholas challenges Kevin Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Naisbitt takes the indirect free kick.
Jack Mackreth takes a short corner, clearance made by Rossi Jarvis.
Corner taken right-footed by Richie Baker to the near post, save by Danny Naisbitt.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Richie Baker from the right by-line, clearance made by James Jennings.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Owen by Luke Berry. Gavin Skelton takes the indirect free kick.
Luke Berry takes a shot. Save by Danny Hurst.
Richie Baker provided the assist for the goal.
19:24 Goal scored
Goal! - Jack Mackreth - Barrow 1 - 1 Cambridge Jack Mackreth fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barrow 1-1 Cambridge Utd.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richie Baker on Blaine Hudson. James Jennings takes the indirect free kick.
The assist for the goal came from James Jennings.
15:42 Goal scored
Goal! - Michael Gash - Barrow 0 - 1 Cambridge Michael Gash finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Barrow 0-1 Cambridge Utd.
Foul by Jack Mackreth on Blaine Hudson, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by James Jennings.
Harry Pell takes a shot. Save by Danny Naisbitt.
James Owen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Gash. Tom Shaw takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Danny Hurst.
The official flags Adam Boyes offside. Danny Naisbitt takes the indirect free kick.
Kevin Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Owen. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Ferrell.
Corner taken right-footed by Rossi Jarvis from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Paul Smith.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Richie Baker played to the near post, Rossi Jarvis manages to make a clearance.
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