Morecambe boss Jim Bentley hailed his side’s spirit after they got the better of a pulsating game at Luton on Saturday.
The Shrimps raced into a two-goal lead but after being pegged back and having Ryan Edwards sent off the visitors needed a late Luke Wilkinson own goal to prevail 3-2.
Bentley said: “We were fantastic for the first 45 minutes and well worth our two-goal lead.
“We could have had one or two more and looked really threatening going forward.
“But once they got the goal, the crowd got right behind them and it was all hands to the pump to make sure we went in with a half-time lead.
“We knew what was going to come in the second half and we had to dig in and show all our qualities with regards to desire, aggression, togetherness and spirit.
“We hit them on the break a couple of times but they got back to 2-2 and when we had a man sent off we’d have taken a point.
“We got the little bit of luck we needed with the own goal and ran out 3-2 winners.
“It was a great game to be involved in, edge of the seat stuff, talking points, good football and two good sides but thankfully we got that little bit of luck and we go back up north with three points.”
Bentley paid tribute to the Morecambe fans who roared his side on, having also made a long trip to Oxford only a few days earlier.
He said: “It’s great for the fans that travelled all this way.
“After a midweek trip to Oxford I’m really pleased we gave them something to cheer about.
“I’d like to thank them because they got right behind us.”