Lewes secured a vital three points with a 2-1 home win over fellow strugglers Carshalton Athletic.
It was an evening when performance was secondary to outcome, with the Rooks desperate to end a six-match losing run, move off 29 points and pull away from the bottom two relegation places. That they did by coming from behind in a scrappy game to defeat the team propping up the whole of the Ryman Premier.
This game was a re-arranged fixture from last month after the original match was abandoned at half time due to floodlight failure. Lewes had been leading 2-0 at the time with Carshalton down to 10 men following a first minute sending off.
But this time Carshalton got off to a much better start, and actually took the lead through James Ashton after 19 minutes.
Although the goal came against the run of play, Lewes were struggling to perform to a level they would have liked against a team at the bottom of the table – despite a second debut for popular midfielder Harry Harding, who had re-signed for the club the previous evening.
However, the Rooks did equalise before half time, when a free kick from man of the match Joe Kay found Ben Godfrey who powered home a header from six yards out on 36 minutes.
This proved a boost to the hosts who grew in confidence. And the crucial moment came on 68 minutes when Nathan Crabb was upended in the box and Karl Beckford tucked away the penalty.
The hosts needed Kieron Thorp to be on form a couple of times after that to stay ahead, although Alex Malins was on hand to clear off the line on the one occasion the keeper was out of position.
And when the final whistle came, the home fans in the 405 crowd (which also included club guest for the evening, Steve Claridge) were able to celebrate a much-needed victory.
The Dripping Pan again sees the Rooks in action on Saturday when mid-table Kingstonian pay a visit. Kick off 3pm.
ROOKS: Thorp, Brewer, Kay, Walder (c), Malins, Hamilton, Godfrey, Harding, Crabb (Stubbings), Beckford, Brinkhurst.
SUBS: Schaaf, Dunne, Stubbings, Ozga, Strong. REF: Michael Webb. ATT: 405.