Match ends, Gateshead 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.
Forest Green Rovers kept pace with National League leaders Cheltenham as James Jennings' goal saw off Gateshead.
Jennings scored the only goal on 13 minutes with a header from an acute angle following a corner.
The hosts tried to force the issue in the second half but fashioned little, Rob Sinclair missing an opportunity to stretch Forest Green's lead late on.
Rovers stay two points behind Cheltenham, while Gateshead drop to ninth, three points off the play-offs.
Forest Green assistant manager Jamie Day told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:
"We played really well for the first 25 to 30 minutes and showed what a good side we are. We could have been two or three up. That's probably the only criticism.
"After that, the boys had to dig in a little bit but they were first class. You come to places like this and the home team is going to get back into the game.
"But they defended incredibly well, so credit to them. We had a good shape, the back four was very solid and the boys dealt with what they had to."
- 30BennettSubstituted forBaxterat 45+3'minutes
- 4ChandlerSubstituted forBowmanat 66'minutes
- 9ShawSubstituted forPattisonat 77'minutes
- 11FrearSubstituted forKellyat 76'minutes
- 24CarterSubstituted forWilliamsat 88'minutes
- 20ParkinSubstituted forMooreat 67'minutes
- Adrian Holmes
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Gateshead 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.
Attempt missed. Danny Johnson (Gateshead) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.
Corner, Forest Green Rovers.
Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Brett Williams replaces Darren Carter.
Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).
CJ Hamilton (Gateshead) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Gus Mafuta (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
Foul by Gus Mafuta (Gateshead).
Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.
Substitution, Gateshead. Matty Pattison replaces Jon Shaw.
Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Marcus Kelly replaces Elliott Frear.
Foul by Kieffer Moore (Forest Green Rovers).
Ben Clark (Gateshead) wins a free kick.
Foul by Darren Carter (Forest Green Rovers).
Patrick McLaughlin (Gateshead) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) header from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Keanu Marsh-Brown.