Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Mansfield Town 1.
Burton remain just a point off the League Two top spot after surviving a second-half fightback to beat struggling Mansfield.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side are second while the Stags are four points ahead of the bottom two in 20th.
Burton's Matt Palmer scored from a free-kick before Kelvin Maynard doubled the lead with a header.
Michael Raynes's header pulled a goal back for the visitors but they were unable to secure a point.
Burton boss Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink told BBC Radio Derby:
"Take nothing away from Mansfield, they came here and had a game plan.
"They looked at us properly. They tested us, and tested us a little bit differently to Shrewsbury last week by being more direct, and it caused us problems.
"It was not a classic. But you're not going to go through a season with all them games being easy and beautiful.
"It's not going to happen. Sometimes you have to really dig in as a team and work hard."
Mansfield boss Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"Two defensive errors have cost us the game today.
"People have held the hands up in the dressing room, but we have lost a game of football and we are not in a position where sorry is good enough.
"I felt we were unlucky to get a point after our second-half performance.
"We had enough chances, and the frustrating thing is we've come to a top-of-the-table team and took the game to them, and with a little bit more ruthlessness, it might have been different."
- 31MaynardSubstituted forMcGurkat 79'minutes
- 22LenihanBooked at 70mins
- 23PalmerSubstituted forSharpsat 90+2'minutes
- 12BlythBooked at 62mins
- 9BeavonSubstituted forAkinsat 84'minutes
- 26ElderSubstituted forFletcherat 90+2'minutes
- 17LambeSubstituted forRheadat 79'minutes
- 29KeeBooked at 54mins
- Andy Haines
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burton Albion 2, Mansfield Town 1.
Substitution, Mansfield Town. Danny Fletcher replaces Callum Elder.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Ian Sharps replaces Matthew Palmer.
Jacob Blyth (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Martin Riley (Mansfield Town).
Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Mansfield Town).
Attempt saved. Jacob Blyth (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Mansfield Town).
Attempt missed. Michael Raynes (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Lucas Akins replaces Stuart Beavon.
Foul by Jacob Blyth (Burton Albion).
Chris Clements (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town).
Delay in match Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) because of an injury.
Substitution, Mansfield Town. Matthew Rhead replaces Reggie Lambe.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Adam McGurk replaces Kelvin Maynard.