Kevin Ellison put down another marker in his quest to become a Morecambe legend with a dramatic last-minute winner against his former club.
The player who seems to write his own scripts these days popped up in the box to head home Lewis Alessandra’s right-wing cross to seal the three points to calm any lingering nerves the Shrimps may have had over League 2 survival.
While Ellison grabbed the headlines it was also a memorable day for left back Robbie Threlfall who scored his first Morecambe goal with a delightful free-kick to give the Shrimps the lead in the second half.
Threlfall was given the rare chance to show what he can do with a dead ball on 56 minutes and he took full advantage with a curler that beat Scott Shearer to his right.
Unfortunately the lead was short lived as Rotherham pulled a goal back in fortunate circumstances on 64 minutes when Lionel Ainsworth’s long-range shot struck the trailing leg of Alex Revell and wrong footed Barry Roche.
The turning point came on 71 minutes when Millers skipper Johnny Mullins was shown a straight red card and he upended Andy Wright who looked set for a free run on goal.
Despite being a man short the visitors looked threatening until Ellison came to the fore once again to clinch a dramatic win.
Morecambe: Roche, Parrish (Alessandra 73), McCready, Haining, Threlfall, Drummond, Fleming, McDonald, Wright, Redshaw, Ellison. Subs not used: Arestidou, Doyle, Mwasile, Williams, Burrow, Holroyd.
Booked: Threlfall, Ellison.
Rotherham: Shearer, Bradley (Tonge 75), Mullins, Morgan, Skarz, Ainsworth, O’Connor, Arnason, Agard, Pringle, Revell (Odejayi 81). Subs not used: Warrington, Nardiello, Noble, Kearns.
Sent off: Mullins.
Referee: P Gibbs