Tom Miller's late strike saw Lincoln come from behind to defeat Nuneaton.
James Armson gave Nuneaton a dream start with an early goal, finding the top corner of the net from 12 yards.
Simon Forsdick was then shown a straight red for hauling down Vadaine Oliver and Nicky Nicolau's 20-yard free-kick found the bottom corner.
Miller headed in a corner from six yards to give Lincoln the lead while Jamie Taylor also struck the crossbar with a late penalty for The Imps.
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Lincoln boss David Holdsworth told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:
"I'm delighted for the players and the supporters, it was a hard fought victory and we got what we deserved.
"Goals change games and their goal set us back. I didn't enjoy the first half and there were a few harsh words said at half-time, you have to have pride and passion and I didn't sense that. I was critical of a few of them but they responded in the right way.
"We had to go out and earn the right to get back in the game. We showed a bit more willingness to have a go at people and get in their faces. I thought all the subs did well when they went on and that's what you want, impact.
"Sometimes you have to grind out a result and today I felt we did."
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.90:00 +1:10 Penalty
Penalty missed crossbar by Jamie Taylor.90:00 +1:10
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Taylor by Gareth Dean.90:00 +0:44
Corner from left by-line taken by Nicky Nicolau.90:00 +0:11
Nicky Nicolau takes a shot. Save made by Neil Collett.86:11
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Nicolau from the left by-line.85:37 Substitution
Substitution Kyle Perry replaces Ben Ford.85:37 Substitution
Substitution Robbie Thompson-Brown joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Brown.84:06
Colin Larkin takes a shot. Neil Collett makes a save. Long range shot by Vadaine Oliver goes wide right of the goal.82:04
The assist for the goal came from Nicky Nicolau.82:04 Goal scored
Goal! - Tom Miller - Lincoln 2 - 1 Nuneaton Tom Miller finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Lincoln City 2-1 Nuneaton.81:36
Corner taken by Nicky Nicolau,81:05
Ben Ford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Taylor. Nicky Nicolau crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Gareth Dean.77:10
Corner from the left by-line taken by David Morgan, Gavin Cowan makes a clearance.76:20
David Morgan has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.75:45
Shot from just outside the area by Adam Walker misses to the right of the target.74:59 Substitution
Substitution Stephen O'Halloran is brought on as a substitute for Wesley York.74:20
Assist by Vadaine Oliver.74:20 Goal scored
Goal! - Nicky Nicolau - Lincoln 1 - 1 Nuneaton Nicky Nicolau scores a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Lincoln City 1-1 Nuneaton.72:27 Dismissal
Dismissal Simon Forsdick shown a red card.
Vadaine Oliver fouled by Simon Forsdick, the ref awards a free kick.70:09
Foul by Daniel Gray on Adam Walker, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Simon Forsdick.64:29
Free kick taken by Delroy Gordon.64:29 Substitution
Substitution Colin Larkin on for Adam Smith.64:29 Substitution
Substitution Nicky Nicolau joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jake Sheridan.64:29 Substitution
Substitution Jamie Taylor on for Conner Robinson.64:29 Booking
Booking Andrew Boyce is shown a yellow card.64:09
Adam Walker fouled by Andrew Boyce, the ref awards a free kick.61:50
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Smith on Adam Walker. Free kick taken by Adam Walker.56:03
Corner taken by David Morgan.55:39
Vadaine Oliver takes a shot. Blocked by James Armson.54:34
Corner taken left-footed by Adam Walker from the right by-line, clearance made by Andrew Boyce. James Armson has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.52:11
Jake Sheridan takes a shot. Save by Neil Collett.51:20
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Morgan, Gareth Dean manages to make a clearance.50:16
Adam Smith takes the free kick.50:16 Booking
Booking Ben Ford booked.50:04
Unfair challenge on Adam Smith by Ben Ford results in a free kick.48:39
The offside flag is raised against Jake Sheridan. Free kick taken by Neil Collett.46:55
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by David Morgan.46:36
Jake Sheridan takes a shot. Save by Neil Collett.45:38
Jake Sheridan challenges Danny Sleath unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Ford.45:01
The second half begins.45:00 +2:32 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.44:58
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Morgan from the right by-line.43:17
Adam Walker produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.40:15
Jake Sheridan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Armson. Direct free kick taken by James Armson.38:35
Gareth Dean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vadaine Oliver. John Nutter takes the free kick.26:20
Vadaine Oliver takes a shot. Neil Collett makes a save.25:14
The official flags Andy Brown offside. Paul Farman takes the free kick.18:00
Adam Smith takes a shot. Save by Neil Collett.14:53
Unfair challenge on Gareth Dean by Conner Robinson results in a free kick. Neil Collett restarts play with the free kick.14:36
Gareth Dean concedes a free kick for a foul on Conner Robinson. John Nutter takes the free kick.13:05
James Armson produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.12:17
Wesley York takes a shot. Save made by Paul Farman.10:12 Booking
Booking Tom Miller receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.7:20
Foul by Ben Ford on David Morgan, free kick awarded. Andrew Boyce takes the direct free kick.5:34
Effort from outside the area by Mamadou Fofana goes wide right of the goal.5:10
Corner taken right-footed by Adam Smith to the near post, Simon Forsdick makes a clearance.2:47 Goal scored
Goal! - James Armson - Lincoln 0 - 1 Nuneaton James Armson grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Lincoln City 0-1 Nuneaton.0:00
The game gets underway.
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