Enoch Showunmi scored his first league goal for Notts County as the Magpies beat Oldham at Meadow Lane.
Jeff Hughes went close for the hosts with their first chance, while Alan Judge lofted a free-kick over the bar.
Notts went ahead as Andre Boucaud and Jamal Campbell-Ryce combined for Showunmi to score from close range.
Oldham pressurised after the break as Jonathan Grounds put a free header over the bar and Matt Smith saw his shot cleared off the line by Gary Liddle.
Judge and Showunmi had chances to extend the home side's lead but both fired wide.
The Magpies move up to 12th in the table, but remain six points adrift of the play-offs following Bournemouth's victory at Hartlepool.
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Notts County manager Keith Curle told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"I think that shows the two sides of the character that we have in the changing room.
"First half we were allowed to play and we caused them some problems.
"In the second half they got close to us, they made it a confrontational game and I thought we stood up to the task very well."
Oldham manager Paul Dickov told BBC Radio Manchester:
"It was disappointing. We didn't start the game well at all. We sat off Notts County and hey're a good footballing team.
"We wanted to come here and have a good go at them and we didn't do that well enough in the first half.
"After a rollocking at half time, we did that and could have got something from the game.
"The points total we've had recently isn't good enough. I'm a proud person and I want to win football matches. We're not doing that at the minute and it's a worry."
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.90:00 +3:02
Andre Boucaud decides to take a short corner.90:00 +2:32
Andre Boucaud gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Wesolowski. Direct free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.90:00 +2:04
Short corner taken by Alan Judge.90:00 +1:01 Substitution
Substitution Romello Nangel comes on in place of Yoann Arquin.87:58 Substitution
Substitution Joss Labadie comes on in place of Jamal Campbell-Ryce.87:12
Jose Baxter takes a shot. Save by Bartosz Bialkowski.86:45
James Wesolowski fouled by Yoann Arquin, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Bouzanis takes the direct free kick.85:41
A cross is delivered by Lee Croft, clearance made by Andre Boucaud.83:52
The official flags Yoann Arquin offside. Dean Bouzanis takes the free kick.82:39
Alan Judge is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.81:43
Hamza Bencherif gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Yves Mvoto. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.81:02 Substitution
Substitution Hamza Bencherif on for Enoch Showunmi.81:02
Effort on goal by Carl Winchester from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.80:06
Robbie Simpson takes a shot. Blocked by Neal Bishop. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jose Baxter from the left by-line, Dean Leacock makes a clearance.78:07
The ball is sent over by Alan Judge, clearance by Reece Wabara. Alan Judge sends in a cross, Enoch Showunmi produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.77:06
The ball is crossed by Yoann Arquin, Close range shot by Alan Judge goes wide of the right-hand upright.75:57
The assistant referee flags for offside against Matt Smith. Bartosz Bialkowski restarts play with the free kick.73:48
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.72:30
Free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.
Booking Matt Smith is cautioned.72:23
Matt Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Leacock.70:56
The ball is swung over by Reece Wabara, Header from deep inside the area by Robbie Simpson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.67:36
Reece Wabara crosses the ball, Foul by Robbie Simpson on Bartosz Bialkowski, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.66:39
Direct free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.66:39 Booking
Booking The referee books Enoch Showunmi for unsporting behaviour.66:31
Unfair challenge on James Wesolowski by Enoch Showunmi results in a free kick.63:03
Inswinging corner taken by Jose Baxter from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Gary Liddle. Corner taken by Jose Baxter from the left by-line to the near post, Header by Matt Smith from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.63:03 Substitution
Substitution (Oldham) makes a substitution, with Carl Winchester coming on for Daniel Taylor.63:03 Substitution
Substitution Robbie Simpson on for Chris Sutherland.63:03 Substitution
Substitution Youssouf M'Changama goes off and Lee Croft comes on.63:03
Reece Wabara produces a cross, clearance made by Neal Bishop.62:27
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Sutherland by Yoann Arquin. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.61:04
The ball is delivered by Alan Sheehan, Jeff Hughes takes a shot. Jonathan Grounds gets a block in. Corner from left by-line taken by Alan Judge.61:04 Booking
Booking James Wesolowski is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.60:57
James Wesolowski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andre Boucaud.58:42
Alan Sheehan crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Reece Wabara.58:42 Booking
Booking Jonathan Grounds is shown a yellow card.58:30
Unfair challenge on Jamal Campbell-Ryce by Jonathan Grounds results in a free kick.57:52
Matt Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Leacock. Bartosz Bialkowski takes the direct free kick.56:32
A cross is delivered by Youssouf M'Changama, Matt Smith takes a shot. Gary Liddle gets a block in.54:22
The ball is swung over by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Dean Bouzanis makes a save. Chris Sutherland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Judge. Strike on goal comes in from Alan Judge from the free kick.51:34
Direct free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.51:34 Booking
Booking The referee cautions Neal Bishop for unsporting behaviour.50:57
Free kick awarded for a foul by Neal Bishop on James Wesolowski.48:45
Matt Smith fouled by Dean Leacock, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Baxter delivers the ball, Jonathan Grounds produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.47:27
Jonathan Grounds crosses the ball, clearance made by Dean Leacock.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:00 +1:13 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.45:00 +0:10
Jeff Hughes produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.43:10
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamal Campbell-Ryce by Youssouf M'Changama. Alan Sheehan takes the free kick.41:34
The ball is swung over by Alan Sheehan, clearance made by Jean Yves Mvoto. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Sheehan from the right by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean Yves Mvoto by Dean Leacock. Dean Bouzanis takes the free kick.39:57
Foul by Matt Smith on Neal Bishop, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.39:34
Jeff Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Baxter. Reece Wabara restarts play with the free kick.37:19
Effort on goal by James Wesolowski from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.36:32
Chris Sutherland crosses the ball, Alan Sheehan manages to make a clearance. Jonathan Grounds takes the inswinging corner, Alan Sheehan manages to make a clearance.34:35
Jamal Campbell-Ryce provided the assist for the goal.34:35 Goal scored
Goal! - Enoch Showunmi - Notts Co 1 - 0 Oldham Enoch Showunmi gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Notts County 1-0 Oldham.34:34
Mishit shot by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.32:59
Inswinging corner taken by Jose Baxter from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Dean Leacock by Jean Yves Mvoto results in a free kick. Bartosz Bialkowski restarts play with the free kick.30:32
Unfair challenge on Dean Leacock by Matt Smith results in a free kick. Bartosz Bialkowski restarts play with the free kick.29:10
Jamal Campbell-Ryce produces a cross, Cliff Byrne manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Sheehan played to the near post, save by Dean Bouzanis.27:25
Jamal Campbell-Ryce produces a cross.26:13
James Wesolowski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamal Campbell-Ryce. Gary Liddle takes the free kick.25:13
A cross is delivered by Youssouf M'Changama, save by Bartosz Bialkowski.24:01
Matt Smith takes a shot. Blocked by Neal Bishop.22:11
Cliff Byrne fouled by Alan Judge, the ref awards a free kick. Cliff Byrne restarts play with the free kick.20:40
Yoann Arquin produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.20:02
Jose Baxter takes a shot. Save by Bartosz Bialkowski.18:18
Shot by Matt Smith from just outside the area goes over the net.17:53
Yoann Arquin crosses the ball, Jean Yves Mvoto manages to make a clearance.16:21
The ball is swung over by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Header from close range by Yoann Arquin misses to the right of the goal.13:58
Shot from just outside the box by Matt Smith misses to the right of the target.12:36
The ball is swung over by Alan Judge, Jonathan Grounds manages to make a clearance. Effort on goal by Alan Judge from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.11:55
A cross is delivered by Alan Sheehan, save by Dean Bouzanis. Jamal Campbell-Ryce crosses the ball, Dean Bouzanis makes a save.9:18
Unfair challenge on Andre Boucaud by Cliff Byrne results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Alan Judge.6:49
Yoann Arquin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.5:21
Corner taken by Alan Judge from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Dean Bouzanis.4:38
Foul by Daniel Taylor on Gary Liddle, free kick awarded. Gary Liddle takes the free kick.3:08
The official flags Enoch Showunmi offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.0:36
James Wesolowski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Judge. Alan Sheehan restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The referee gets the game underway.
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