Diallang Jaiyesimi came on as a second-half substitute to help Grimsby Town record a crucial 1-0 win in their Sky Bet League Two relegation battle with Chesterfield.
Grimsby had not won for 20 league matches but ended their barren spell to pull away from the bottom two after Mitch Rose rolled home from the penalty spot with just two minutes left on the clock.
Jaiyesimi came on as a 68th-minute substitute for the Mariners as they extended the gap between themselves and the relegation spots to five points with four games remaining.
In the same division, Exeter City produced a late comeback to beat Cambridge United 3-2 at the Abbey Stadium.
Paul Jones was an unused substitute for Exeter but Adam Phillips did not feature in Cambridge’s 18-man squad.
In League One, Remi Matthews was absent from action for Plymouth Argyle at the weekend after the birth of his first child but his Pilgrims’ teammates managed to pick up another huge victory.
They beat Peterborough United 2-1 at Home Park thanks to a late Graham Carey penalty after Ryan Taylor had cancelled out Jack Marriott’s opener for the visitors.
The result moves Plymouth up to fifth in the league standings as their place in the play-offs moves a step closer to being consolidated.
Shrewsbury Town stepped away from their League One automatic promotion ambitions at the weekend to contest the Checkatrade Trophy final.
Both Ben Godfrey and Carlton Morris featured for the full 90 minutes at Wembley but sadly, Salop were beaten 1-0 by Lincoln City after Elliott Whitehouse’s early opener.
In the National League, Leyton Orient thrashed Barrow 4-1 to all but quash any outstanding fears of relegation.
Ebou Adams featured for 90 minutes at the Matchroom Stadium as goals from Dan Jones (OG), Omar Koroma and Macaulay Bonne (x2) eased them to victory.
Louis Ramsay’s Woking fought from a goal down to pick up a valuable point at Dagenham and Redbridge.
Dan Sparkes opened the scoring for the Daggers but Josh Staunton’s second-half leveller earned a point for the Cards, with Ramsay playing the full 90 minutes.
However, Torquay United’s relegation fears worsened as they were beaten 1-0 away to Dover Athletic.
Michee Efete was introduced as a second-half substitute for the Gulls but could not prevent the defeat.
In the battle of Steven Naismith’s Hearts and Kenny McLean’s Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership, it was Hearts that prevailed in a 2-0 victory.
Naismith slid home an 18th-minute opener before David Milinkovic doubled Hearts’ lead shortly after. Both Naismith and McLean played 90 minutes at Tynecastle.
Elsewhere in Scotland, Russell Martin helped Rangers to a clean sheet in their 4-0 win over Dundee. The result helped the Gers moved up the second in the table at Aberdeen’s expense.
On Friday night, Yanic Wildschut started for Cardiff City but they were beaten 1-0 at home to Wolves.
In Holland, Fortuna Sittard won for the fifth game in a row as they beat Go Ahead Eagles 1-0 in the Eerste Divisie.
Todd Cantwell missed the match with an injury but could make his return to action in their match with RKC Waalwijk on Monday evening.
In Germany, Dynamo Dresden recorded a 1-1 draw at Eintrach Braunschweig, with Marcel Franke playing the full 90 minutes.
And in non-league, Jake Hallett played 90 minutes as Mildenhall Town were beaten 2-1 at home to Cheshunt.