Striker Elliott Charles netted a timely brace as Eastbourne Borough recorded a crucial 2-1 away victory in Billericay.
The win puts Borough in the much healthier position of 15th and four points above the drop zone.
In a hard fought Blue Square South relegation battle Borough were relieved to come out on top following a lively and entertaining encounter at the New Lodge Ground.
With Tommy Widdrington’s men one point from the relegation zone and Billericay second from bottom both sides played attacking football as they searched for the all-important three points.
Borough keeper Danny Potter was called into action during the opening exchanges as was the home stopper Josh Scriven.
Jamie Smith came closest to breaking the deadlock when his delightful 25-yard freekick crashed back from the woodwork.
The home side took the lead just after the break on 46 minutes. A long throw from the right was not dealt with by the Borough rearguard and Cambridge United loanee Blaine Hudson smashed the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle.
Losing was not an option for Widdrington’s men. With Simon Johnson and Darren Lok driving Borough forward and Smith probing from midfield Borough found a way back into the game.
On 51 minutes a flowing move saw Johnson cross low from the right and Charles slid in at high speed and directed a low effort beyond Scriven.
The winning goal arrived seven minutes later. The impressive Lok was hauled down in the box by Scriven. A penalty was awarded, the keeper was shown a straight red card and Charles made no mistake from the spot.
Billericay battled well with 10 men and piled on pressure but struggled to create a serious effort on goal to trouble Potter.
In fact it was Lok who almost added to Borough’s tally but his snap shot was turned away thanks to a decent reaction save from substitute ‘keeper Sam Beasent.
Widdrington’s men are next in action on Saturday against Chelmsford at Priory Lane.
See Friday’s Eastbourne Herald for reaction and previews.
Borough: Potter, Watts, Cole, Hart, Rowe, Uddin, Johnson, Aldred, Charles, Lok, Jamie Smith
Subs: Strong, Leach, Fenwick, Shephard, Jonte Smith
MoM: Simon Johnson
Att: 317 (61 from Eastbourne Borough)