John Sheridan began his managerial tenure at Plymouth with a victory over relegation rivals Morecambe.
Within six minutes Argyle doubled their lead when Paris Cowan-Hall deftly flicked in Ronan Murray's cross.
Ryan Williams's long-range shot pulled one back for the visitors, but late on they saw Andrew Parrish dismissed.
Parrish, who scored the winner in the Shrimps' 2-1 triumph over Dagenham in mid-week, was sent off for a foul on Onismor Bhasera.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Devon:
"I am really pleased with the players, their attitude has been different class since I came in and the tempo of the training has been really good.
"To get two goals gives you a cushion and it means they've got to score three to win and I'm not sure they've (Morecambe) ever done that.
"We're at the bottom of the league and we know what's at stake and you could see that in the players. That's something I've got to get out of them.
"I think a lot of our problems are a pet hate of mine, just silly things like mis-kicking the ball and not clearing the ball properly."
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Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.90:00 +2:59
Free kick taken by Paul Wotton.90:00 +2:59 Booking
Booking Nicholas Fenton is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.90:00 +2:45
Nicholas Fenton challenges Paris Cowan-Hall unfairly and gives away a free kick.90:00 +2:07 Substitution
Substitution Maxime Blanchard leaves the field to be replaced by Luke Young.90:00 +1:36
Short corner taken by Jack Redshaw.87:51
Ronan Murray produces a shot from just outside the area that bounces off the post.87:30
The referee blows for offside. Rene Gilmartin restarts play with the free kick.86:49
Paris Cowan-Hall has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.84:55
Guy Branston takes the direct free kick.84:55 Dismissal
Dismissal Andrew Parrish is sent off by the referee for second bookable offence.84:29
Andrew Parrish challenges Onismor Bhasera unfairly and gives away a free kick.84:01
Paris Cowan-Hall challenges Barry Roche unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Will Haining.82:35
Shot from inside the six-yard box by Jack Redshaw goes wide right of the goal.81:57
Corner taken short by Lewis Alessandra.81:32
Lewis Alessandra decides to take a short corner.79:27 Goal scored
Goal! - Ryan Williams - Plymouth 2 - 1 Morecambe Ryan Williams fires in a goal from a long way out high into the middle of the goal. Plymouth 2-1 Morecambe.76:48 Substitution
Substitution Paul Wotton is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Lowry.76:26
Tyler Harvey challenges Nicholas Fenton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Will Haining.75:45
Ronan Murray produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Substitution Jack Redshaw joins the action as a substitute, replacing Robbie Threlfall.74:25
Stewart Drummond fouled by Tyler Harvey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Will Haining.72:52
Foul by Tyler Harvey on Will Haining, free kick awarded. Will Haining takes the free kick.70:32
Corner taken by Lewis Alessandra from the left by-line.67:55
Foul by Maxime Blanchard on Ryan Williams, free kick awarded. Ryan Williams has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Rene Gilmartin makes a save.66:36 Substitution
Substitution Ryan Williams replaces Gary McDonald.66:36
Shot from outside the penalty box by Lewis Alessandra goes wide right of the goal.65:51
Andrew Fleming produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.64:37
Jamie Lowry takes the outswinging corner, Nicholas Fenton makes a clearance.63:34
Outswinging corner taken by Lewis Alessandra.62:18
Effort on goal by Kevin Ellison from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.57:29
Lewis Alessandra takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Onismor Bhasera manages to make a clearance.56:09
The referee blows for offside. Rene Gilmartin restarts play with the free kick.55:39
The offside flag is raised against Paris Cowan-Hall. Barry Roche takes the free kick.54:00
Lewis Alessandra takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Onismor Bhasera manages to make a clearance.50:09
The ball is sent over by Robbie Threlfall, Jordan Burrow produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.47:24
Robbie Threlfall produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.46:47
Inswinging corner taken by Lewis Alessandra from the left by-line, Guy Branston makes a clearance.45:01
The referee gets the second half started.45:00 +3:34 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.45:00 +2:16
Inswinging corner taken by Lewis Alessandra from the left by-line, clearance by Guy Branston. Lewis Alessandra takes a outswinging corner.44:10
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paris Cowan-Hall by Andrew Fleming. Guy Branston takes the direct free kick.40:32
Corner taken by Lewis Alessandra, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Andrew Fleming goes wide right of the target.39:03
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lewis Alessandra, Guy Branston manages to make a clearance.36:22
Free kick taken by Will Haining.36:22 Booking
Booking Tyler Harvey receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.35:56
Stewart Drummond fouled by Maxime Blanchard, the ref awards a free kick.34:11
Corner taken by Lewis Alessandra played to the near post, Tyler Harvey makes a clearance.32:20
The ball is crossed by Ronan Murray.31:00 Substitution
Substitution Stewart Drummond is brought on as a substitute for Izak Reid.28:37 Booking
Booking The referee cautions Robbie Threlfall for unsporting behaviour.27:57
Kevin Ellison takes a shot. Rene Gilmartin gets a block in. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paris Cowan-Hall by Robbie Threlfall. Jamie Lowry restarts play with the free kick.27:06
Corner taken short by Lewis Alessandra.25:39
Guy Branston restarts play with the free kick.25:39 Booking
Booking The referee shows Andrew Parrish a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.25:25
Andrew Parrish challenges Jamie Lowry unfairly and gives away a free kick.21:55
Guy Branston gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Burrow. Will Haining delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Jamie Lowry.18:56
Robbie Threlfall challenges Paris Cowan-Hall unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rene Gilmartin takes the free kick.16:21
Foul by Maxime Blanchard on Lewis Alessandra, free kick awarded. Will Haining produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.15:23
Assist on the goal came from Ronan Murray.15:23 Goal scored
Goal! - Paris Cowan-Hall - Plymouth 2 - 0 Morecambe A goal is scored by Paris Cowan-Hall from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Plymouth 2-0 Morecambe.12:38
Lewis Alessandra fouled by Guy Branston, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Will Haining.11:57
Kevin Ellison produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.11:01
Jamie Lowry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Izak Reid. Nicholas Fenton restarts play with the free kick.10:19
Unfair challenge on Guy Branston by Jordan Burrow results in a free kick. Rene Gilmartin takes the free kick.9:21 Goal scored
Goal! - Conor Hourihane - Plymouth 1 - 0 Morecambe Conor Hourihane grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Plymouth 1-0 Morecambe.8:11
Free kick awarded for a foul by Durrell Berry on Kevin Ellison. Direct free kick taken by Barry Roche.7:02 Substitution
Substitution Warren Feeney goes off and Tyler Harvey comes on.1:51
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ronan Murray. Barry Roche takes the indirect free kick.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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