Brett Pitman's first-half penalty sealed a vital three points for play-off chasing Bournemouth at Stevenage.
The Cherries remain seventh but move to within two points of the play-off zone.
Pitman found the net from the spot after Eunan O'Kane was brought down by keeper Steve Arnold.
Earlier Lewis Grabban fired straight at Arnold when one-on-one. Stevenage had an effort headed off the line while Darius Charles was sent off in stoppage time for a second bookable offence.
His challenge on Harry Arter saw the Cherries midfielder carried off on a stretcher as Eddie Howe's side ended a run of five straight defeats.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Stevenage manager Gary Smith told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"It's a tough night. But I think there's a very different picture tonight.
"We've got six first-team players out and we're against a Bournemouth squad suffering with injuries but with a much bigger squad depth.
"And the game has hinged on a very, very important decision by the referee. The penalty, I thought, was unnecessary from the referee."
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told BBC Radio Solent:
"I thought first half we were excellent - probably some of the best football we've played in a few weeks. Really pleased with how the lads were composed and brave and we really did move the ball on what's a difficult surface against a difficult team.
"There have been question marks about our defending in recent weeks but the lads proved a point today - I thought the back four, goalkeeper, midfield four and front two were excellent."
On the departure of former England goalkeeper David James: "David James has been excellent for us. He's been a model professional - can't speak highly enough of him.
"Unfortunately we've had to make some difficult calls, not just on the goalkeeping front. Financially we're having to re-adjust things and re-align things at the club and this is part of that, but we thank David for everything that he's done for us and we wish him well in the future."
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Full Time The referee ends the match.90:00 +7:56
Lee Hills fouled by Eunan O'Kane, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Arnold.90:00 +5:20
Anthony Jeffrey concedes a free kick for a foul on Wes Fogden. Richard Hughes takes the free kick.90:00 +4:45
The ball is crossed by Lee Hills, Daniel Seaborne makes a clearance.90:00 +2:13 Substitution
Substitution (Bournemouth) makes a substitution, with Shaun MacDonald coming on for Harry Arter.90:00 +2:13 Booking
Booking Brett Pitman goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.90:00 +1:07 Dismissal
Dismissal Darius Charles shown a red card.89:52
Free kick awarded for a foul by Brett Pitman on Darius Charles. Steve Arnold takes the direct free kick.88:01
Corner taken short by Eunan O'Kane.86:44
Anthony Jeffrey takes a shot. Ryan Allsop makes a save.85:42
Miguel Comminges takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.83:56
The ball is swung over by Lewis Grabban, clearance by Miguel Comminges.82:48
Anthony Jeffrey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wes Fogden. Ryan Allsop takes the direct free kick.81:00
Eunan O'Kane concedes a free kick for a foul on Robin Shroot. Lee Hills restarts play with the free kick.80:25 Substitution
Substitution Anthony Jeffrey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lucas Akins.80:07
Daniel Seaborne takes a shot. Save by Steve Arnold.78:55
Foul by Lee Hills on Eunan O'Kane, free kick awarded. Centre by Brett Pitman, Marc Pugh takes a shot. Clearance made by Mark Roberts.78:01
Direct free kick taken by Steve Cook.78:01 Booking
Booking Darius Charles is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.77:35
Darius Charles challenges Brett Pitman unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Miguel Comminges crosses the ball.71:16
Centre by Marc Pugh, Steve Arnold makes a comfortable save.70:23
The assistant referee flags for offside against Simon Francis. Steve Arnold takes the indirect free kick.67:25
The ball is swung over by Wes Fogden.66:27
Effort on goal by Harry Arter from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.66:15
Marc Pugh delivers the ball, Lee Hills makes a clearance.63:54
Lewis Grabban restarts play with the free kick.63:54 Substitution
Substitution Sam Hoskins leaves the field to be replaced by Robin Shroot.63:54 Substitution
Substitution Richard Hughes comes on in place of Ryan Fraser.63:54
Free kick awarded for a foul by Miguel Comminges on Marc Pugh.62:05
Unfair challenge on Simon Francis by Luke Freeman results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Allsop.59:03
Luke Freeman challenges Eunan O'Kane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Cook takes the free kick.58:05
Sam Hoskins produces a cross, save made by Ryan Allsop.57:51
The ball is delivered by Marcus Haber, clearance made by Wes Fogden.57:16
Free kick awarded for a foul by Harry Arter on Anthony Grant. Free kick crossed by Luke Freeman.55:09
Effort on goal by Luke Freeman from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.53:20
Greg Tansey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.51:37
Daniel Seaborne concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Freeman. A cross is delivered by Greg Tansey, Miguel Comminges takes a shot. Steve Cook makes a clearance.49:01
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Seaborne on Marcus Haber. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Luke Freeman from right channel, Daniel Seaborne manages to make a clearance.47:10
Corner taken by Harry Arter, Mark Roberts manages to make a clearance.46:45
Sam Hoskins sends in a cross, Wes Fogden makes a clearance.45:01
The match restarts for the second half.45:00 +3:04 Half time
Half Time The first half comes to an end.45:00 +1:42
Harry Arter challenges Anthony Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Greg Tansey has an effort direct from the free kick, Ryan Allsop makes a save.45:00 +1:25
Miguel Comminges crosses the ball, Wes Fogden gets a block in.45:00 +0:03
Handball by Brett Pitman. Steve Arnold takes the indirect free kick.44:35
Marc Pugh sends in a cross, clearance by Mark Roberts.41:56
Effort on goal by Marcus Haber from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.41:22
Harry Arter challenges Anthony Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Roberts.38:56
The ball is sent over by Simon Francis, save by Steve Arnold.37:47
Eunan O'Kane provided the assist for the goal.37:47 Goal scored
Goal! - Brett Pitman - Stevenage 0 - 1 Bournem'th Placed penalty scored by Brett Pitman. Stevenage 0-1 Bournemouth.35:58
Foul by Steve Arnold on Eunan O'Kane, Penalty awarded.35:01
Inswinging corner taken by Brett Pitman from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Miguel Comminges.34:41
Luke Freeman challenges Ryan Fraser unfairly and gives away a free kick. Harry Arter restarts play with the free kick.33:54
Simon Francis crosses the ball, clearance made by Miguel Comminges.32:52 Substitution
Substitution Matt Ritchie leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Fraser.31:22
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Freeman on Simon Francis. Free kick taken by Simon Francis.27:47
The ball is swung over by Simon Francis, blocked by Lee Hills.24:52
Lucas Akins challenges Matt Ritchie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Eunan O'Kane restarts play with the free kick. Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Comfortable save by Steve Arnold.24:37
Short corner taken by Matt Ritchie.24:21
A cross is delivered by Matt Ritchie, Sam Hoskins makes a clearance.23:06
The ball is swung over by Darius Charles, clearance by Steve Cook.22:08
Wes Fogden challenges Greg Tansey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Greg Tansey takes the free kick.18:37
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Arnold.15:55
Lewis Grabban takes a shot. Save by Steve Arnold.15:18
The offside flag is raised against Lewis Grabban. Steve Arnold restarts play with the free kick.13:59
Anthony Grant fouled by Marc Pugh, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Roberts.11:38
Matt Ritchie fouled by Miguel Comminges, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Seaborne restarts play with the free kick.10:37
Miguel Comminges challenges Marc Pugh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Ritchie.10:09
The ball is delivered by Miguel Comminges, comfortable save by Ryan Allsop.8:53
Darius Charles sends in a cross, clearance made by Matt Ritchie.6:43
Matt Ritchie takes the inswinging corner, Darius Charles fouled by Steve Cook, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Arnold takes the free kick.5:35
The ball is delivered by Wes Fogden, clearance made by Lee Hills.4:13
Foul by Greg Tansey on Lewis Grabban, free kick awarded. Simon Francis restarts play with the free kick.3:03
Brett Pitman challenges Miguel Comminges unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Roberts restarts play with the free kick.2:06
Foul by Darius Charles on Brett Pitman, free kick awarded. Harry Arter takes the free kick.1:38
Lewis Grabban takes a shot. Save made by Steve Arnold.0:46
Effort from outside the penalty box by Lucas Akins goes wide left of the target.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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