A superb chip from Jack Midson handed AFC Wimbledon victory over fellow League Two strugglers Aldershot Town.
The 29-year-old beautifully lofted the ball over Shots keeper Jamie Young with less than 20 minutes remaining.
Dons stopper John Sullivan had a busy afternoon saving a cross-shot from Lionel Ainsworth which Craig Reid then failed to convert from close range.
After the break Sullivan tipped another Ainsworth shot onto the post and then denied substitute Jeff Goulding.
It was Wimbledon's third successive victory, which lifts them five points clear of the relegation zone.
Aldershot, meanwhile, slip into the bottom two on goal difference.
The Hampshire side have played a game more than the four teams around them, who are all on 40 points.
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Aldershot Town boss Andy Scott told BBC Surrey:
"When you're down the bottom, mistakes cost you. Unfortunately it has cost us today. They've benefited from it and it's a big blow. We've still got to get a certain number of points so we've got to focus.
"We had a few good opportunities but we should have created more. We just made a mistake and we couldn't force our way back after that.
"When you're down the bottom you get punished for things so it's about sticking together. If we get pressure from elsewhere we've got to cope as a group."
AFC Wimbledon boss Neil Ardley told BBC London 94.9:
"It's been a good week. I knew it would be a heavy and scrappy game due to the pitch, and that had an effect on our team selection and we had to dig in to put in that type of battling performance.
"We defended well as a team and I thought it would take something special or unusual to unlock us.
"I thought Alan Bennett was outstanding - he was immense for us."
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Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.88:25
Short corner worked by Sammy Moore.87:05
The referee blows for offside against Jack Midson. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Herd.86:29
The referee blows for offside against Adam Mekki. Free kick taken by John Sullivan.85:59
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Morris by Jack Midson. Free kick taken by Adam Mekki.84:56
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeff Goulding by Sammy Moore. Free kick taken by Adam Mekki.80:18
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Rose, Mat Mitchel-King makes a clearance.79:11 Substitution
Substitution (AFC Wimbledon) makes a substitution, with Luke Moore coming on for Rashid Yussuff.76:45 Substitution
Substitution Kieron Cadogan replaces Oliver Risser.74:13
Unfair challenge on Jamie Young by Jessie Darko results in a free kick. Jamie Young restarts play with the free kick.71:32
Rashid Yussuff provided the assist for the goal.71:32 Goal scored
Goal! - Jack Midson - Aldershot 0 - 1 Wimbledon A goal is scored by Jack Midson from deep inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Aldershot 0-1 AFC Wimbledon.70:19
The referee blows for offside against Jessie Darko. Jamie Young takes the indirect free kick.64:53
Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Young.64:53 Substitution
Substitution Jessie Darko on for Gary Alexander.64:53
Gary Alexander is flagged offside by the assistant referee.59:47
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Mekki by Gary Alexander. Aaron Morris takes the free kick.59:18
Corner taken by Danny Rose, clearance by Mat Mitchel-King.58:59
Jeff Goulding takes a shot. Save by John Sullivan.57:32 Substitution
Substitution (Aldershot) makes a substitution, with Adam Mekki coming on for Lionel Ainsworth.
Corner taken by Danny Rose, Close range effort by Sonny Bradley misses to the left of the goal.57:20
Lionel Ainsworth takes a shot. Save by John Sullivan.52:35
Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Morris on Sammy Moore. Sammy Moore takes the direct free kick.51:04
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeff Goulding on Harry Pell. Sammy Moore restarts play with the free kick.46:15
Free kick awarded for a foul by Asa Hall on Sammy Moore. John Sullivan takes the free kick.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Kevin Sainte-Luce on for Brennan Dickenson.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Jeff Goulding on for Paul McCallum.45:00 +1:09 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.43:05
Gary Alexander is adjudged to have handled the ball. Jamie Young takes the direct free kick.42:27
Free kick awarded for a foul by Asa Hall on Sammy Moore. Free kick taken by Jon Meades.40:28
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Rose, clearance by Jon Meades.39:54
Brennan Dickenson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lionel Ainsworth. Danny Rose takes the direct free kick.38:33
Gary Alexander gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Herd. Ben Herd takes the free kick.37:20
Unfair challenge on John Sullivan by Paul McCallum results in a free kick. John Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.36:41
Corner taken by Danny Rose from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Chris Hussey.36:20
Danny Rose takes a shot. Jon Meades gets a block in.35:24
Danny Rose gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Hussey. Rashid Yussuff takes the direct free kick.30:13
The assistant referee signals for offside against Craig Reid. John Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.23:36
Aaron Morris concedes a free kick for a foul on Rashid Yussuff. Chris Hussey takes the free kick.16:28
Oliver Risser gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sammy Moore. Sammy Moore takes the direct free kick.15:39
Unfair challenge on Mat Mitchel-King by Paul McCallum results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John Sullivan.14:06
Ben Herd fouled by Jack Midson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Herd.11:09
Shot from close range by Craig Reid misses to the right of the target.6:01
Paul McCallum concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Hussey. John Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.0:37
Foul by Rashid Yussuff on Ben Herd, free kick awarded. Ben Herd restarts play with the free kick.0:00
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