Greg Mills hit a hat-trick as Corby Town claimed their first away win of the Vanarama National League North season with a superb 3-2 success at Stalybridge Celtic.
Mills gave the Steelmen an early lead but they were 2-1 down at half-time, only for the frontman to secure a priceless three points with two second-half strikes.
Corby’s second win in three matches moved them back out of the bottom three and up to 15th in table ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Harrogate Town.
The Steelmen were without Ben Milnes and Ben O’Hanlon, who both picked up injuries in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Boston United.
But Corby got off to the perfect start when Mills took full advantage of a defensive error to put them in front after just six minutes.
However, the lead didn’t last long as the hosts levelled just past the quarter-hour through Alex Mudimu.
The Steelmen’s cause wasn’t helped when they lost Clayton McDonald to injury and they fell behind on the stroke of half-time as a mix-up between Duane Courtney and goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne let Alex Johnson in for a tap-in.
Tommy Wright brought himself off the bench in place of Callum Ball during the second half.
And the Steelmen found an equaliser on 68 minutes thanks to a wind-assisted Mills free-kick.
Cleveland Taylor shot wide as the visitors chased a winner.
And it arrived with three minutes to go when Mills finished well after good work from Andre Johnson.
Don’t miss reaction to Corby’s win on this website and all the latest news from Steel Park in Thursday’s Corby Telegraph