Rotherham earned a narrow victory over Torquay, without banned manager Steve Evans in attendance.
The hosts dominated early on and Kayode Odejayi broke through on a solo run but smacked a shot against the upright.
Alex Revell put the Millers ahead when Kevin Nicholson's misjudged a header back to his goalkeeper and Revell turned the ball into the empty net.
Torquay nearly levelled late on when Niall Thompson picked out Billy Bodin, only for him to shoot high and wide.
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Rotherham United assistant manager Paul Raynor told BBC Radio Sheffield:
"A 1-0 scoreline isn't really a fair reflection of the dominance we've had.
"We created a number of chances and if we had got that second goal early, we could have put it to bed.
"It's been well documented the gaffer's absence today and that [win] was for him from everybody at the club.
"He really should be here to witness it."
Torquay manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:
"I thought we gave our unbeaten run up with a whimper.
"I said to my players that sometimes it looked like men against boys. They're a decent team but we didn't match them on the day.
"The back four have been excellent all season, but today it looked like they've never played together.
"It's one to push away and move on. It's not the sort of standards that we've set ourselves over the last 15 months."