Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Gillingham 2.
Adebayo Akinfenwa's first goals since August helped Gillingham beat 10-man Tranmere, who failed to ease their relegation fears.
Akinfenwa put Gills ahead with a fierce shot from inside the box.
Tranmere's Jim McNulty was sent off 10 minutes after the break for bringing down Cody McDonald when clean through.
Akinfenwa's close-range second doubled the lead before Ryan Lowe rounded Stuart Nelson to tap into an empty net to give Tranmere late hope.
It was Gillingham's first win in four games, while Tranmere sit two points above the bottom four.
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Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:
"It was a tough night. If you put their two centre-backs in our team, we win the game. We can't defend. If you can't defend, you don't win games.
"We've got two guys who think they're footballers. They're centre-backs and their living is to head it and kick it.
"We always looked like we were going to get a goal, but every time they went forward, they looked they were going to score. That's the way it's been for the last few weeks."
Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:
"We made awfully hard work of it. The effort was fantastic. We conceded a bad goal to make it a nervy finish and we have to do better than that.
"But overall I've got to be pleased with three points. We've just got to take our chances a bit more.
"I thought last Saturday there was a good feeling. The supporters played a massive part and gave us the confidence to come here and put on a massive performance."
- 20McNultyBooked at 56mins
- 25PetersonSubstituted forRobinsonat 72'minutesBooked at 81mins
- 26Akpa AkproSubstituted forStocktonat 64'minutes
- 15KirbySubstituted forHorwoodat 57'minutes
- 1NelsonBooked at 77mins
- 15DackBooked at 34mins
- 8AkinfenwaSubstituted forLeeat 72'minutes
- 11WestonSubstituted forGermanat 22'minutes
- Robert Lewis
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Gillingham 2.
Attempt saved. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt saved. James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers).
Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Adam Barrett.
Stuart Nelson (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Gillingham 2. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Robinson.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Robinson replaces Kristoffer Peterson.
Substitution, Gillingham. Charlie Lee replaces Adebayo Akinfenwa because of an injury.
Foul by Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers).
Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Gillingham 2. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Leon Legge.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Bradley Dack.
Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).