Salford City moved back up into the play-offs with a narrow 1-0 win against Port Vale at The Peninsula Stadium.
The decisive goal came just before the half time interval when Ian Henderson powered a header past Scott Brown, following an inviting Ash Hunter cross.
Di’Shon Bernard then had a header cleared off the line by Vale’s Tom Conlon, and Henderson had a second goal ruled out in the second period due to a handball in the build-up.
The visitors, without a win in eight games on the road, created little to seriously trouble Vaclav Hladky as The Ammies kept a 15th clean sheet of the season.
After recent games where Salford have conceded late on, Warren Joyce says it was a relief to reach the end with a clean sheet and three points.
“We managed the game out well after last week at Morecambe where we didn’t manage the game and were really disappointed at not getting any points at all, it’s important that we got three points on the table tonight.
“The first half wasn’t pretty for either side, a difficult night with the pitch it was hard near the end really, lively pitch, neither side could get it down and really play attractive football.
“We weathered it, we weathered the pressure they put up with long balls and big lads and pace up front and we dealt with it well all night really and the goal actually is a high quality goal from the passing movements, a great cross in the box and obviously a great finish.”
The Ammies also have the only unbeaten home league record in the Football League, and small wins like that are a good platform to build on with 15 games to go.
“They’ve got to keep the record going, they’re unbeaten so far at home which is a tremendous achievement and we’ve got the most clean sheets in the league as well, and conceded the least goals so there’s a lot of things to build on, we’ve created a few chances tonight that haven’t gone in and we could have been more comfortable.
“At the minute we’re winning a lot of games 1-0 and you take it for the three points, but it does make it nervy going into the last few minutes when anything could happen.”
Salford are back on home turf on Saturday when Scunthorpe United visit, KO 15:00.