Notts County suffered defeat in their first game following the sacking of Keith Curle by losing at Stevenage.
County, under the caretaker management of Chris Kiwomya, fell behind after 25 seconds when Sam Hoskins scored after Filipe Morais's deflected shot.
The visitors thought they had equalised when Jeff Hughes slid home, but he had been flagged for offside.
And the hosts wrapped up the three points as Marcus Haber headed in Morais's cross.
This win was only Stevenage's second victory in seven games and took them level on points with their opponents, with both sides five points adrift of the play-offs.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Stevenage manager Gary Smith told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"Extremely pleased. It was a very tough night to play football.
"The players put in a sterling performance and it's a big win for us. There has been a bit of edginess, particularly at home.
"There was a resilience and a determination which we haven't seen for a little while here."
Stevenage 01 Arnold 02 Gray Booked 14 Roberts 22 Comminges 33 Chorley 06 Tansey Booked 08 Dunne 10 Morais 11 Akins (Freeman - 54' ) 28 Beleck (Haber - 69' ) 30 Hoskins (Grant - 63' Booked ) Substitutes 16 Day 04 Charles 07 Grant 32 Shroot 09 Haber 15 Freeman 23 Lopez Notts County 23 Speiss 03 Sheehan 06 Leacock Booked 08 Liddle 10 Judge 11 Hughes 14 Mahon Booked (Bencherif - 83' ) 20 Campbell-Ryce 28 Boucaud 13 Zoko (Showunmi - 67' ) 15 Arquin Substitutes 35 Pilkington 02 Kelly 05 Smith 18 Bencherif 25 Tempest 09 Showunmi 17 Waite
Ref: Mark Heywood