John Dreyer made the perfect start to his time as Preston's caretaker manager as they beat leaders Bournemouth to earn their first win in eight matches.
Dreyer took over on Thursday after Graham Westley was sacked.
Stuart Beavon's ninth Preston goal of the season, after the Cherries failed to clear, and Bailey Wright's header at a free-kick put the hosts in command.
Bournemouth changed to three at the back but could not prevent only their second defeat in 22 league games.
The hosts had the better of the first half and were good value for their half-time lead.
Although their tactical change helped the visitors improve after the break, they did not do enough to put Preston under pressure and forge a way back into the game.
The victory was North End's first League One success at Deepdale since 29 September.
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Preston caretaker manager John Dreyer told BBC Radio Lancashire:
"It's been a traumatic week and it's just the tonic we need. It was important that the players focused on the job in hand and they did exactly that.
"We looked threatening, we kept the ball and looked composed in possession. You have to be brave in possession and that's exactly what we were.
"Over the course of the game, I thought we were justified winners."
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told BBC Radio Solent:
"We weren't at our best today, no doubt about that. We were second best, which is really difficult for me to say because it hasn't happened yet.
"We were slow out the traps, we conceded two poor goals, and we never really had any concerted pressure on their goal.
"We have had a lot of travelling and we've got some tired bodies. It was a really poor pitch again but we didn't react very well to it.
"We're delighted where we are, but we're disappointed with today and we've got to try and make sure we respond in the right fashion."
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Full Time The referee ends the match.90:00 +2:10
Foul by Jack King on Steve Cook, free kick awarded. Shwan Jalal takes the direct free kick.90:00 +1:28
Shot by Matt Ritchie from a long way out goes over the target.90:00 +1:13
Lewis Grabban sends in a cross, clearance by David Buchanan.88:38
David Buchanan fouled by Brett Pitman, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Wroe.86:11
Jeffrey Monakana has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.83:55
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Wroe from the left by-line, Lewis Grabban manages to make a clearance.83:23 Substitution
Substitution Jeffrey Monakana on for William Hayhurst.82:28
Shaun MacDonald has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.81:55
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Brett Pitman, clearance made by Paul Huntington.81:11
Corner taken by Matt Ritchie, Declan Rudd makes a save.79:41
The ball is crossed by Matt Ritchie, Declan Rudd makes a save.77:01
Lewis Grabban takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.75:48 Substitution
Substitution Joe Garner comes on in place of Lee Holmes.75:48 Substitution
Substitution Chris Beardsley comes on in place of Stuart Beavon.75:16
Wes Fogden sends in a cross, Declan Rudd makes a save.71:15
Direct free kick taken by Steve Cook.71:15 Booking
Booking The referee shows Jack King a yellow card.71:04
Simon Francis fouled by Jack King, the ref awards a free kick.69:53
The referee blows for offside. Shwan Jalal takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is swung over by Stuart Beavon, clearance by Steve Cook.67:50
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun MacDonald by Stuart Beavon. Daniel Seaborne restarts play with the free kick.66:19
Corner taken left-footed by Matt Ritchie, Steve Cook has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.65:22
Brett Pitman decides to take the corner short.64:56
Matt Tubbs produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.64:15
Corner taken right-footed by Brett Pitman from the right by-line to the near post, John Welsh makes a clearance.63:24
Lee Holmes sends in a cross, Shwan Jalal makes a save.62:05
Stuart Beavon takes a shot. Shaun MacDonald gets a block in.60:07
The ball is delivered by Lee Holmes, save made by Shwan Jalal.57:15
Lee Holmes has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.55:26
William Hayhurst challenges Steve Cook unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Cook.55:12
Eunan O'Kane challenges Nicky Wroe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Declan Rudd restarts play with the free kick.54:38
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Fogden by David Buchanan. Lewis Grabban takes the free kick.54:01
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Cook by Jack King. Direct free kick taken by Steve Cook.52:39 Substitution
Substitution Matt Tubbs is brought on as a substitute for Harry Arter.50:30
Stuart Beavon is caught offside. Shwan Jalal takes the free kick.49:00
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jack King. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Francis.47:24
Stuart Beavon takes a shot. Save by Shwan Jalal.46:12
Corner taken by Nicky Wroe from the left by-line, clearance made by Brett Pitman.45:49
William Hayhurst takes a shot. Blocked by Lewis Grabban.45:01
The second half kicks off.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Wes Fogden comes on in place of Marcos Painter.45:00 +2:04 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.45:00 +0:51
Shot by Harry Arter from a long way out goes over the target.44:59
Lee Holmes sends in a cross, free kick awarded for a foul by Jack King on Shwan Jalal. Shwan Jalal restarts play with the free kick.44:07
Marcos Painter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Holmes. Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.41:26
Shot from long range by Stuart Beavon goes wide of the left-hand upright.39:34
Matt Ritchie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.39:15
Unfair challenge on Shaun MacDonald by Jack King results in a free kick. Steve Cook takes the free kick.38:32
Foul by Stuart Beavon on Shaun MacDonald, free kick awarded. Marcos Painter restarts play with the free kick.37:12
Unfair challenge on Marcos Painter by Lee Holmes results in a free kick. Marcos Painter restarts play with the free kick.35:18
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Lee Holmes, clearance by Steve Cook.30:48
Nicky Wroe takes a corner.30:48 Substitution
Substitution Eunan O'Kane comes on in place of Marc Pugh.30:44 Goal scored
Goal! - Bailey Wright - Preston 2 - 0 Bournem'th Bailey Wright gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Preston 2-0 Bournemouth.29:45
Foul by Steve Cook on Stuart Beavon, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Nicky Wroe from left channel.26:42
Brett Pitman takes a shot. Bailey Wright gets a block in.25:58
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Wroe on Marc Pugh. Harry Arter restarts play with the free kick.22:33
David Buchanan sends in a cross, Lee Holmes takes a shot. Save by Shwan Jalal.18:04
The assist for the goal came from Jack King.18:04 Goal scored
Goal! - Stuart Beavon - Preston 1 - 0 Bournem'th Stuart Beavon grabs a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Preston 1-0 Bournemouth.17:25
Harry Arter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Welsh. Nicky Wroe takes the free kick.16:11
Corner taken by Lee Holmes from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Brett Pitman.15:50
Centre by Marcos Painter, John Welsh makes a clearance.13:32
Effort from just outside the box by John Welsh goes over the bar.11:36
Lee Holmes delivers the ball, clearance made by Steve Cook.9:06
Jack King challenges Marcos Painter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Cook.7:31
Lewis Grabban fouled by Bailey Wright, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Francis.7:14
The ball is swung over by Lee Holmes, Steve Cook manages to make a clearance.5:45
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Brett Pitman, Nicky Wroe manages to make a clearance.4:20
Unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie by David Buchanan results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Brett Pitman, blocked by William Hayhurst. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matt Ritchie, clearance made by David Buchanan.2:39
William Hayhurst fouled by Matt Ritchie, the ref awards a free kick. David Buchanan takes the free kick.0:25
Jack King is caught offside. Shwan Jalal restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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