Match ends, Carlisle United 1, Gillingham 2.
Cody McDonald helped Gillingham to victory at Carlisle with his seventh goal in eight games.
Home keeper Jordan Pickford marked his debut in fine fashion, denying both Adam Barrett and Leon Legge.
However, Joe Pigott beat the on-loan Sunderland teenager with a powerfully struck shot, while Michael Drennan and Lee Miller hit the woodwork in reply.
McDonald found space to make it 2-0 as Carlisle pushed for a leveller, before Legge shaded into his own net late on.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:
"Carlisle are like ourselves so it was an important place to come and get a point or three. It's fantastic that it's three.
"He [Cody McDonald] worked his socks off all afternoon and was fantastic. I think they were very nervous of him.
"We had a really good chat pre-match and spoke of the importance of away wins. This was a perfect place to get it and they all felt it was a decent meeting.
"We're all pleased that three points was fantastic timing for the club."
- 39ChimbondaBooked at 37mins
- 10EkangameneSubstituted forRedmondat 71'minutesBooked at 77mins
- 31DrennanSubstituted forByrneat 83'minutes
- 19SmithSubstituted forFaganat 22'minutes
- 32PigottSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 64'minutes
- Mark Heywood
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Carlisle United 1, Gillingham 2.
Attempt saved. Sam Byrne (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.
Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Michael Harriman.
Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Craig Fagan.
Own Goal by Leon Legge, Gillingham. Carlisle United 1, Gillingham 2.
Goal! Carlisle United 0, Gillingham 2. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.
James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).
Substitution, Carlisle United. Sam Byrne replaces Michael Drennan.
Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Attempt saved. Lee Miller (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.
Daniel Redmond (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Daniel Redmond (Carlisle United).
Steven Gregory (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Leon Legge (Gillingham).
James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.