Patrick Bamford scored one and created another as MK Dons extended bottom side Notts County's winless start to the season.
Luke Chadwick swept home the opener on five minutes, latching onto a cut-back from Chelsea loanee Bamford.
Shaun Williams then curled in a 25-yard free-kick before Callum McGregor raced clear to score and give County hope.
Izale McLeod missed two late chances for the hosts before Bamford slammed in a loose ball on 90 minutes.
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"You can hear the fans getting frustrated in the second half. We didn't play any different (to the first half), we just didn't take our chances.
"I don't think they could have had any qualms if we'd won that by five or six.
"We had probably better chances second half than first half, we just didn't put them away.
"When you look at the squad they've got (Notts County), that's not going to be a team down at the bottom."
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Saturday, 14 September 2013
MK Dons 47%
Notts County 53%
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MK Dons 10
Notts County 3
MK Dons 11
Notts County 1
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Notts County 13
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