Match ends, Coventry City 2, MK Dons 1.
Coventry won under interim managers Neil MacFarlane and Dave Hockaday with a shock success over MK Dons.
Chris Stokes' header and a slick finish from Dominic Samuel in the first 12 minutes gave the hosts early control.
The Dons dominated the second half but broke through only once when Daniel Powell converted Carl Baker's cross.
The Sky Blues climb out of the League One relegation zone while MK Dons stay second but slip eight points adrift of leaders Bristol City.
After back-to-back victories on their return to the Ricoh Arena in September, Coventry had won just one home league game in over five months prior to Steven Pressley's sacking last Monday.
Sky Blues joint caretaker manager Neil MacFarlane told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:
"It's a massive three points. We rode our luck and got the wee breaks at the right time that we've been craving.
"I'm really proud of the boys. It's been a tough week and all the staff mucked in just to get us that three points.
"Obviously with the manager leaving the last thing we want to see is this club get relegated. Hopefully that's a step in the right direction.
"When you haven't won at home for a number of months, this is the kind of game it takes to turn a corner."
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"I'm so, so proud of my players and the fans. If we play like that every week we'll go up.
"Winners accept these games and we know what we have to do turn it around and keep performances to those levels.
"I'm so proud of the football club, I really am. I felt like a motivational speaker before the game. I said to them 'you woke Milton Keynes up chaps. Don't let them go back to sleep.'
"I don't think they'll go back to sleep after a performance like that. We've woken Milton Keynes up. Let's keep going."
- 1BurgeBooked at 87mins
- 18PhillipsBooked at 90mins
- 11O'BrienSubstituted forFinchat 80'minutes
- 8WilliamsSubstituted forThomasat 45'minutes
- 20TudgaySubstituted forProschwitzat 57'minutes
- 5McFadzeanBooked at 86mins
- 22CarruthersBooked at 37minsSubstituted forBakerat 70'minutes
- 10ReevesSubstituted forWilliamsat 64'minutes
- 28ColeSubstituted forGriggat 63'minutes
- Richard Clark
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Coventry City 2, MK Dons 1.
Aaron Phillips (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.
George Williams (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Aaron Phillips (Coventry City).
Attempt blocked. Jordan Spence (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Carl Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Lee Burge (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. George Williams (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Chris Stokes.
Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).
Nick Proschwitz (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Lewis Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.
Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Adam Barton.
Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Nick Proschwitz (Coventry City).
Attempt blocked. George Williams (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Coventry City. Jack Finch replaces Jim O'Brien.
Attempt blocked. George Williams (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.