Paul Gallagher's late winner handed Sheffield United victory at Hartlepool.
Dave Kitson hit his second goal in as many games to open the scoring with a firm header from Tony McMahon's cross.
The hosts came back strongly and Antony Sweeney hit the bar, and they also went close twice after the break.
Steve Howard powered in an equaliser for his first goal of the season, but the Blades snatched victory at the death when Gallagher fired in Ryan Flynn's cross from 12 yards.
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Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:
"I think the conditions made it a very confrontational game - swirling wind, balls played long every two minutes.
"There's always some sort of confrontation between centre-backs and strikers and it made for a stop-start game at times.
"From our point of view, it's a terrific three points, but it was hard earned."
Hartlepool 01 Flinders 02 Austin 18 Baldwin 22 Holden 29 Hartley 07 Franks 11 Monkhouse 15 Sweeney 20 Murray 10 Poole (James - 72' ) 39 Howard Substitutes 31 McHugh 05 Collins 06 Horwood 03 Humphreys 19 Richards 24 Lynch 33 James Sheffield Utd 01 Howard 05 Maguire Booked 06 Hill 15 Collins 29 McMahon Booked 07 Flynn 08 Doyle Booked 11 McDonald 23 Gallagher Booked 10 Blackman (Cofie - 61' ) 14 Kitson (Cresswell - 81' ) Substitutes 25 Long 02 Westlake 30 Williams 16 McAllister 09 Porter 17 Cresswell 19 Cofie
Ref: Mark Heywood