Michael Boulding's opportunist goal in first-half stoppage-time earned in-form Barnsley a win over Torquay.
Boulding's first shot was blocked but he fired the rebound home from eight yards after a breakaway run and cross by strike partner Michael Chopra.
Torquay keeper Ola Gottskalkasson had to make a series of fine saves from Tom Williams, Chris Shuker and Boulding twice to keep the scoreline down.
The Gulls had only one shot on target as they suffered a third straight loss.
Torquay: Gottskalksson, Canoville, Woods, Villis, McGlinchey, Phillips (Gosling 45), Russell, Hockley (Kuffour 53), Hill, Constantine, Gritton (Akinfenwa 61).
Subs Not Used: Dearden, Woodman.
Booked: Hockley, Russell.
Barnsley: Turnbull, Hassell, Vaughan, Kay, Tom Williams, Shuker, Reid, McPhail, Burns, Boulding, Chopra.
Subs Not Used: Colgan, Carbon, Conlon, Austin, Nardiello.
Booked: Hassell, Tom Williams, Vaughan.
Goals: Boulding 45.
Ref: J Singh (Middlesex).