Ryan Lowe scored his first goal for MK Dons as they secured a comfortable win over Carlisle.
Luke Chadwick put his team ahead after curling Daniel Powell's lay-off past goalkeeper Adam Collin from the edge of the box.
Lowe put the Dons further ahead slotting in the rebound after Powell's shot had been saved by Collin.
The visitors rallied late on but Danny Cadamarteri's low effort from the angle was tipped wide by keeper David Martin.
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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"We felt we had to start brightly, we wanted to get right up against them, make it difficult for them, create chances, and we did that.
"I felt our play probably deserved more than what we got (in the first half) and we've seen so many times at Stadium MK where we've been so dominant and not got the second and the opposition have nicked one out of nothing.
"That's a very good Carlisle side and they really put us up against the wall for the first 20 minutes of the second half.
"Once we got to grips with them, people had a little bit of a go at each other and dragged us out of the mess we were in, we went from strength to strength from there."
Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria:
"I don't think we could cope with the quality that they had. Everything has to go our way on days like this when you come to the teams with the quality of players that they've got.
"We make an early mistake, we concede a goal and we put ourselves on the back foot and made the first half very difficult.
"He [Collin] made a mistake as simple as that but he's got to stop making those mistakes. At places like these when you make those mistakes they take some coming back from.
"If you're going to come here and get results things have to go your way - you don't gift anybody anything."
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Corner taken short by James O'Shea. Jon Otsemobor takes a shot.
Charlie MacDonald is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Adam Collin.
Darren Potter concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Cadamarteri. Chris Chantler restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from 18 yards by Jimmy Bullard.
Substitution Daniel Powell goes off and James O'Shea comes on.
Jimmy Bullard takes a shot. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jimmy Bullard, Gary MacKenzie challenges Peter Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Collin. Darren Potter takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Brad Potts.
Foul by Michael O'Halloran on Stephen Gleeson, free kick awarded. Stephen Gleeson takes the free kick. Charlie MacDonald produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal. Corner taken by Jimmy Bullard from the right by-line, Paul Thirlwell manages to make a clearance.
Danny Cadamarteri takes a shot. Save made by David Martin.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jimmy Bullard on Liam Noble. Mike Edwards takes the direct free kick.
Substitution David Symington comes on in place of Jon-Paul McGovern.
Substitution Charlie MacDonald comes on in place of Ryan Lowe.
Substitution Luke Chadwick leaves the field to be replaced by Jimmy Bullard.
Substitution Michael O'Halloran replaces Matt Robson.
Assist on the goal came from Daniel Powell.
64:57 Goal scored
Goal! - Ryan Lowe - MK Dons 2 - 0 Carlisle Ryan Lowe finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 Carlisle.
Chris Chantler fouled by Stephen Gleeson, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Bowditch played to the near post.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Lowe by Peter Murphy results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Dean Bowditch. Corner taken by Dean Bowditch from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Brad Potts.
The ball is swung over by Danny Cadamarteri, save by David Martin.
Centre by Stephen Gleeson. Matt Robson crosses the ball, blocked by Shaun Williams.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Cadamarteri on Gary MacKenzie. Free kick taken by David Martin.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary MacKenzie on Danny Cadamarteri. Peter Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jake Jervis by Darren Potter results in a free kick. Jon-Paul McGovern restarts play with the free kick.
The game restarts for the second half.
45:00 +2:45 Half time
Half Time The half-time whistle blows.
Foul by Gary MacKenzie on Danny Cadamarteri, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Chantler.
Foul by Peter Murphy on Ryan Lowe, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Darren Potter.
Centre by Darren Potter, Adam Collin makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Powell by Paul Thirlwell results in a free kick. Darren Potter takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Matt Robson by Jon Otsemobor results in a free kick. Adam Collin restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Ryan Lowe, Brad Potts gets a block in.
Substitution Paul Thirlwell is brought on as a substitute for James Berrett.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Dean Bowditch.
Jon-Paul McGovern concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Gleeson. Free kick taken by Shaun Williams.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern, Gary MacKenzie makes a clearance.
Gary MacKenzie takes a outswinging corner.
Matt Robson takes a shot.
Mike Edwards challenges Luke Chadwick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Gleeson takes the free kick.
Stephen Gleeson takes a shot.
Corner taken by Dean Bowditch from the right by-line played to the near post.
Danny Cadamarteri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Williams. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.
Left-footed shot by Ryan Lowe.
The assist for the goal came from Daniel Powell.
11:15 Goal scored
Goal! - Luke Chadwick - MK Dons 1 - 0 Carlisle Goal scored by Luke Chadwick from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Carlisle.
The official flags Ryan Lowe offside. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Peter Murphy.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Ryan Lowe.
Danny Cadamarteri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Williams. Free kick taken by David Martin.
Corner taken by Dean Bowditch played to the near post, clearance by Chris Chantler.
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