Match ends, Carlisle United 2, Colchester United 4.
Sanchez Watt scored a first-half brace as Colchester beat Carlisle.
Watt's first was a 20-yard shot and, after Carlisle drew level through Magnus Okuonghae's own goal, the former Arsenal trainee rounded keeper Greg Fleming to roll into an empty net.
The visitors extended their lead after the break when Marcus Bean headed home and they made it 4-1 when Max Ehmer put Dominic Vose's cross into his own net.
Ehmer made some amends with a tap-in after Sam Walker spilled a free-kick.
Colchester move up to 12th in the table while Carlisle are now two points above the relegation zone.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:
"The result was important, how we got it was by the by. We've got a good win.
"We've played better and lost. It was a real professional performance. We had to soak up a lot of pressure.
"Carlisle will feel aggrieved but we've hit on a few sucker punches. We've come away from home and scored four goals, so we deserve a lot of credit.
"We weren't at our best but it keeps the run going."
- 39ChimbondaBooked at 60mins
- 30Meppen-WalterBooked at 42mins
- 28EhmerBooked at 34mins
- 16PottsSubstituted forDrennanat 73'minutes
- 2WrightSubstituted forGilbeyat 45'minutes
- 15BeanBooked at 90mins
- 7Sanchez WattSubstituted forDicksonat 82'minutes
- 9MorrisonSubstituted forIbehreat 70'minutes
- 25VoseBooked at 65mins
- Chris Sarginson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Carlisle United 2, Colchester United 4.
Hand ball by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).
Goal! Carlisle United 2, Colchester United 4. Max Ehmer (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.
Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Marcus Bean (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.
James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).
Attempt saved. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Pascal Chimbonda.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Prince Buaben.
Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.
Substitution, Colchester United. Ryan Dickson replaces Sanchez Watt.
Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.
Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).
Foul by Michael Drennan (Carlisle United).
Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Matty Robson.
Attempt saved. James Berrett (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.