Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Mansfield Town 0.
Hartlepool beat 10-man Mansfield to win for the third game in succession and move within one point of safety.
League Two's bottom side took the lead when Brad Walker converted from the penalty spot after a foul on Nicky Featherstone by Lee Beevers.
The Stags were reduced to 10 men when Junior Brown saw red for a dreadful studs-up challenge on Walker.
The visitors almost snatched a point only for Scott Flinders to brilliantly deny Chris Clements.
Mansfield manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"I think for large periods of the game we had them on the back foot and we've ended up killing ourselves.
"You can't concede a penalty after two minutes and then have a man sent off and expect to have a strong hold in the game for 45 minutes.
"We had them on the back foot and didn't take advantage of it. Two minutes into the second half we end up shooting ourselves.
"It's part of the game that you rely on individuals to carry out their duties. It's a tough one but we go again."
- 26HarrisonSubstituted forJonesat 32'minutes
- 8WalkerSubstituted forHawkinsat 90+3'minutes
- 31TshibolaBooked at 33mins
- 18BeeversSubstituted forBinghamat 72'minutes
- 32RaynesBooked at 68mins
- 12McGuireBooked at 86mins
- 33HawkridgeSubstituted forLambeat 53'minutes
- 28ClementsBooked at 38mins
- 16HeslopSubstituted forOliverat 50'minutes
- 24BrownBooked at 59mins
- 29KeeBooked at 63mins
- Darren Handley
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Mansfield Town 0.
Hand ball by Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town).
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Brad Walker.
Ryan Bird (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Billy Kee (Mansfield Town).
Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.
Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town).
Attempt missed. Aaron Tshibola (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Martin Riley.
Attempt saved. Jordan Jones (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Michael Raynes (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
Foul by Ryan Bird (Hartlepool United).
Michael Raynes (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Vadaine Oliver (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Foul by David Mirfin (Hartlepool United).
Billy Kee (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Mansfield Town. Rakish Bingham replaces Lee Beevers.