Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Morecambe 0.
Andy Mangan came off the bench to grab a late winner as Shrewsbury beat Morecambe to climb to within two points of the League Two summit.
Morecambe came close to opening the scoring through Paul Mullin but his effort was brilliantly saved.
After that the hosts dominated as first Bobby Grant and then James Collins saw efforts come back off the post.
Scott Davies made a host of superb saves to keep the score-sheet blank before Mangan's late close-range shot.
Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:
"I am very pleased with the performance. Morecambe fight for their manager and are very organised, but we knew we were better, kept track of the play on a tricky surface and thankfully we had the opening to take the win.
"The team are creating chances, we didn't panic and I didn't feel the need to change it - you could just tell that we were going to pick the lock and get the breakthrough.
"I am pleased with Andy, to get the goal, he was a fox in the box, a real poacher. He is a fit lad but there were a lot of good performances from everyone, which is great to see.
"I love this time of the year, the atmosphere seems a little bit different. We'll look forward to the game with Oxford and we are at a very good place at the moment."
- 24GrantSubstituted forGriffithat 90'minutes
- 4WoodsBooked at 51mins
- 26Akpa-AkproSubstituted forManganat 62'minutes
- 6EdwardsBooked at 82mins
- 4KenyonSubstituted forGoodallat 57'minutes
- 10WilliamsSubstituted forRedshawat 79'minutes
- 12MullinSubstituted forAmondat 60'minutes
- Kevin Wright
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Morecambe 0.
Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Mark Hughes.
Attempt missed. Andy Mangan (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing misses to the right.
Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Connor Goldson.
Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).
Jack Redshaw (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Anthony Griffith (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kevin Ellison (Morecambe).
Attempt missed. Ryan Edwards (Morecambe) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Anthony Griffith replaces Bobby Grant.
Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Mark Ellis.
Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Morecambe 0. Andy Mangan (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Collins.
Attempt saved. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Ryan Edwards (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.
Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ryan Edwards (Morecambe).
Attempt missed. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution, Morecambe. Jack Redshaw replaces Ryan Williams.
Attempt missed. Liam Lawrence (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.