Josh Walker's first-half brace saw off Hereford United as Gateshead marked the appointment of Gary Mills as manager with their second straight victory.
Midfielder Walker broke the deadlock on 32 minutes, collecting James Marwood's centre before slotting into the corner.
He then doubled the hosts' lead three minutes before the break with a dipping free-kick from 25 yards.
On-loan Crewe winger Michael West got one back 16 minutes from time with a right-foot shot into the top corner.
But it was too little, too late and, after four successive defeats, followed by boss Anth Smith's resignation, things appear to be looking up for the Heed.