Match ends, Mansfield Town 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.
Adam Murray helped Mansfield leapfrog AFC Wimbledon in the League Two table with victory against the Dons.
The Stags captain lashed in a 30-yard free-kick to give the home side the lead, after Ollie Palmer's attempted clearance put off keeper Ross Worner.
George Francomb had a chance to equalise from Kwesi Appiah's cross but sliced over.
Mansfield's Jamie McGuire then denied the Dons a late equaliser, clearing Alan Bennett's effort off the line.
The Dons were not helped by a 15th-minute change that saw Darren Jones carried off on a stretcher after taking a high boot in the face from Anthony Howell.
The visitors rarely threatened however, with Francomb's sliced shot and Kwesi Appiah's weak half-volley their only chances of note.
The result sees Mansfield, who now lie 12th, achieve back-to-back wins for the first time since September while the Dons drop to 16th, eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Mansfield manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"Until we are mathematically safe we have to keep going.
"I am proud of the whole football club. The players were running on empty at times but we carried them over the line.
"We have got to keep going, but hopefully we have sent the fans home happy today. It's a long hard season and we are feeling it right now, I am glad we haven't got a game midweek.
"We will regroup, charge the batteries and go again next Saturday."
- 30DanielSubstituted forMeikleat 54'minutes
- 13HowellBooked at 12minsSubstituted forClucasat 54'minutes
- 9RheadBooked at 72mins
- 36PalmerSubstituted forSpeightat 65'minutes
- 21MurrayBooked at 88mins
- 36RichardsSubstituted forArthurat 52'minutes
- 28JonesSubstituted forAppiahat 15'minutes
- 27MorrisBooked at 88mins
- 26WykeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forSainte-Luceat 62'minutes
- 8MooreBooked at 65mins
- Robert Lewis
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.
Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield Town).
Aaron Morris (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt saved. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Alan Bennett.
Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon).
Aaron Morris (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.
Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.
Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Chris Arthur (AFC Wimbledon).
Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Will Antwi (AFC Wimbledon).
Attempt missed. Lindon Meikle (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Michael Collins (AFC Wimbledon).
Foul by Jake Speight (Mansfield Town).
Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.