Match ends, Notts County 2, Crewe Alexandra 1.
Debutant Billy Daniels struck late to give Notts County their first win in seven games and send Crewe Alexandra into the League One relegation zone.
Liam Noble's penalty put County ahead just before half-time after Kwame Thomas was hauled down by Jon Guthrie.
Jamie Ness drove home Crewe's equaliser just 46 seconds into the second half.
But substitute Daniels, who joined from Coventry on Thursday, earned all three points with a terrific volley before Noble was sent off in injury time.
Noble, who was back in the side after suspension, saw red for a second caution.
The Magpies move up to tenth in the table, two points outside the play-off places.
Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"It's a welcome win. We've not had two many good results at Meadow Lane and it's nice to start the year with one. After the past six or seven games where we've not got a lot of points it was a vital win.
"What a great goal from Billy, It was a fantastic finish from him, it was a top, top goal from a very good young player who we hope will have a long career here.
"The performance was testament to the belief we have here."
- 5MullinsBooked at 23mins
- 6HollisBooked at 35mins
- 16NobleBooked at 90mins
- 38SantosSubstituted forWhitehouseat 63'minutes
- 11ThompsonSubstituted forDanielsat 83'minutes
- 12ThomasSubstituted forThompsonat 90+1'minutes
- 3GuthrieBooked at 45minsSubstituted forDugdaleat 45'minutesBooked at 55mins
- 20JonesBooked at 17mins
- 34IkpeazuSubstituted forCooperat 81'minutes
- 35AjoseSubstituted forDalla Valleat 71'minutes
- 12Dalla Valle
- Iain Williamson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Notts County 2, Crewe Alexandra 1.
Second yellow card to Liam Noble (Notts County).
Foul by Liam Noble (Notts County).
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Blair Adams (Notts County).
James Baillie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Billy Daniels (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Substitution, Notts County. Curtis Thompson replaces Kwame Thomas.
Kwame Thomas (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).
Foul by William Hayhurst (Notts County).
Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Billy Daniels (Notts County).
Jamie Ness (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Goal! Notts County 2, Crewe Alexandra 1. Billy Daniels (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Blair Adams.
Attempt missed. William Hayhurst (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution, Notts County. Billy Daniels replaces Garry Thompson.
Attempt missed. Kwame Thomas (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt blocked. Haydn Hollis (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is blocked.