Match ends, Stevenage 0, Coventry City 1.
Leon Clarke scored the only goal as Coventry extended Stevenage's winless run to six games in League One.
The Sky Blues created the better chances early on, Connor Thomas coming closest with a deflected shot.
Striker Clarke netted his sixth of the season when he latched on to Robin Shroot's lazy back pass.
The visitors were not troubled until Jon Ashton shot at keeper Joe Murphy late on, but Boro find themselves level on points with bottom side Tranmere.
For Coventry, who started the season on minus 10 points, it was a first win in three games and lifted them up to 18th.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Stevenage Manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"This road back from losing ways to winning ways was never going to be an easy one and we've seen a number of performances in recent weeks way below the level. Today there was a lot more about us that I liked.
"The side is going in the right direction. It's an error that's cost us, take the error out and it could have been a different result. In recent weeks as we've played top six sides we've looked miles off the pace, today I thought we looked much closer to it.
"It's important when you're not getting the results that you can see the progress you're making. I think the lads know there is progress being made, that we're not at the level, but it was very much a more Stevenage performance today.
"I said in my programme notes today the club had lost fourteen in seventeen when I arrived, I've lost 11 of the seventeen now that I've been here for. That's a marginal improvement but Rome wasn't built in a day and we're nipping the losing habits in the bud."
Coventry City manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:
"It was a brilliant team performance from us. Full of energy, full of guts, full of courage. I was really proud of them.
"Coming away from home and winning 1-0 was an exceptional result. This was a pivotal day for us because we've proved today that we can win these kinds of games.
"I'm really pleased for our supporters as well - they were terrific.
"I want us to be an exciting team, but I also want us to be a team who can win in this manner. It's a big moment for us this season, winning this match 1-0.
"We thoroughly deserved it. A very mature performance from a young team. They are a brilliant team of players and they couldn't work harder for this football club.."
- 34DeaconBooked at 75mins
- 17TanseyBooked at 10minsSubstituted forMoraisat 56'minutes
- 32ShrootSubstituted forLópez Menéndezat 58'minutes
- 21TounkaraSubstituted forAkinsat 68'minutes
- 23López Menéndez
- 6ThomasBooked at 90mins
- 2ChristieSubstituted forGarnerat 87'minutes
- 16BartonSubstituted forWillisat 76'minutes
- 20C Wilson
- Graham Scott
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Coventry City 1.
Attempt missed. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).
Conor Thomas (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.
James Dunne (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).
Foul by James Dunne (Stevenage).
Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).
John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).
Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dani López (Stevenage).
Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Coventry City. Louis Garner replaces Cyrus Christie because of an injury.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Peter Hartley.
Attempt saved. Jon Ashton (Stevenage) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Jon Ashton (Stevenage) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.