Match ends, Chesterfield 3, Crewe Alexandra 1.
Two early goals gave Chesterfield the initiative as they won the battle of League One strugglers against Crewe.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's shot hit both posts before going in, then Lee Novak doubled the home lead on 12 minutes, side-footing in from six yards.
Callum Saunders went close before Zoumana Bakayogo replied for Crewe, scoring from Brad Inman's cut-back.
Connor Dimaio sealed Chesterfield's win just before the hour following a neat one-two with Ebanks-Blake.
Chesterfield's first victory in six games lifts them to 19th in the table, one point clear of the relegation zone and six above second-from-bottom Crewe, who suffered a first defeat in seven games.
Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:
"Now we have to go again. We have been on a great little run. We'd have liked to have won one or two of them along the way but it has shown what we are capable of.
"We played some terrific football at times and had enough chances to have got something. I thought the better team lost.
"What we didn't do well was defend. We gave them gifts for the goals and those individual errors have proved costly. The full-back slipped for the first. then we didn't pick up at the far post properly and, for the third one, we didn't track the runner."
- 2HerdSubstituted forO'Sheaat 19'minutes
- 9Ebanks-BlakeSubstituted forDieseruvweat 74'minutes
- 3GuthrieBooked at 87mins
- 20JonesBooked at 20mins
- 41BakayogoSubstituted forAinleyat 65'minutes
- 14SaundersSubstituted forKirkat 59'minutes
- Gavin Ward
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Chesterfield 3, Crewe Alexandra 1.
Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).
Attempt missed. Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Drew Talbot (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Declan John.
Attempt missed. Semi Ajayi (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tom Anderson.
Attempt saved. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Substitution, Chesterfield. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe replaces Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Thomas Lee.
Attempt saved. Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.