Gateshead beat relegation-threatened Stockport for their first back-to-back league wins since September.
Jon Shaw and Chris Moore both forced away keeper Matthew Glennon into first-half saves.
The breakthrough came just after the hour mark when Shaw scored a penalty after he had been brought down by Daniel O'Donnell.
The striker then set up Moore three minutes later for the second from the edge of the area.
The Tynesiders are two points off the top five, while the Hatters are just one point above the relegation zone.