Onismor Bhasera scored at both ends as Plymouth ended a run of three straight defeats to beat MK Dons.
Bhasera finished off a swift breakaway with a shot into the top corner from the edge of the box after 22 minutes.
Kari Arnason sliced wide from close range, but made amends soon after with a 35-yard shot in off the crossbar.
Six minutes before the break, Bhasera slid Danny Woodards' cross into his own net, but Chris Clark made sure after a cut-back from substitute Jim Paterson.
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio: "We're going to have days where we don't turn up at the office, but one thing I can promise is that people are always going to work hard.
"They did that but I just don't think they had that cutting edge.
"We didn't get the ball wide often enough, we didn't hit the diagonal enough, we made too many small passes."
Plymouth Argyle manager Peter Reid told BBC Radio Devon: "We got what we deserved in my opinion, as it was a thoroughly good performance and it's a big boost for the players.
"The players showed plenty of character and plenty of spirit, and I'm pleased for them more than anyone, but we've still got a long way to go.
"You won't see three better goals, all three were terrific and with strikes like that you deserve to win football matches."
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Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Npower League One
Bhasera (og) 39
04 Doumbe (Chicksen 78)
05 MacKenzie (O'Hanlon 83)
15 Woodards yellow card
07 Gleeson yellow card
26 Chadwick (Vine 61)
15 Bhasera (Paterson 46)
16 Mason (Patterson 90)
Ref: Geoff EltringhamAtt: 7,189
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+5:03 The referee ends the match.
90:00+3:31 The ball is swung over by Peter Leven.
89:32 Substitution Rory Patterson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Mason.
88:48 Daniel Powell takes a shot. Blocked by Curtis Nelson. Outswinging corner taken by Peter Leven from the left by-line, Foul
by Sean O'Hanlon on Curtis Nelson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Button.
88:33 Rowan Vine produces a cross, clearance made by Stephane Zubar.
88:07 Corner taken by Peter Leven from the left by-line, save by David Button.
85:53 Booking Stephen Gleeson is shown a yellow card.
82:53 Substitution Sean O'Hanlon on for Gary MacKenzie.
81:10 Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven, clearance by Marcel Seip. Effort on goal by Lewis Guy from just outside the penalty
area goes harmlessly over the target.
79:37 The assist for the goal came from James Paterson.
79:37 GOAL - Chris Clark:MK Dons 1 - 3 Plymouth Chris Clark grabs a goal from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Milton Keynes Dons 1-3 Plymouth.
79:03 The ball is crossed by Daniel Powell, Marcel Seip makes a clearance.
78:00 Substitution (Milton Keynes Dons) makes a substitution, with Adam Chicksen coming on for Mathias Doumbe.
72:16 Corner taken by Peter Leven from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Dan Woodards goes over the bar.
70:41 Chris Clark takes a inswinging corner.
68:36 Header from close range by Yannick Bolasie misses to the right of the goal.
66:33 Rory Fallon takes a shot. Gary MacKenzie gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Chris Clark, Mathias Doumbe makes a
66:01 Lewis Guy concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Clark. David Button takes the direct free kick.
62:53 Dan Woodards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yannick Bolasie. Free kick taken by David Button.
62:53 Booking Booking for Dan Woodards for unsporting behaviour.
60:46 Substitution Rowan Vine replaces Luke Chadwick.
57:48 Shot on goal by Stephen Gleeson from just inside the area goes over the target.
53:12 Dean Lewington produces a cross.
Correction - 50:16 James Paterson sends in a cross, Yannick Bolasie takes a shot. David Martin makes a save. Rory Fallon challenges David Martin
unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.
50:16 The ball is crossed by James Paterson, Yannick Bolasie takes a shot. Save by David Martin. Rory Fallon gives away a free kick
for an unfair challenge on David Martin. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:01 Substitution James Paterson on for Onismor Bhasera.
45:00+2:37 The half-time whistle blows.
45:00+1:51 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven from the right by-line, Jabo Ibehre takes a shot. Clearance by Onismor
45:00+1:16 Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven to the near post, clearance made by Carl Fletcher.
45:00+0:41 Corner taken by Peter Leven from the left by-line.
42:51 A cross is delivered by Dean Lewington, clearance by Marcel Seip.
38:45 The ball is sent over by Dan Woodards. Assist by Dan Woodards.
38:45 GOAL - Onismor Bhasera:MK Dons 1 - 2 Plymouth Onismor Bhasera scores an own goal from 6 yards. Milton Keynes Dons 1-2 Plymouth.
35:56 Gary MacKenzie concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory Fallon. Marcel Seip restarts play with the free kick.
30:02 The referee blows for offside against Joe Mason. Indirect free kick taken by David Martin.
28:35 The assist for the goal came from Onismor Bhasera.
28:35 GOAL - Kari Arnason:MK Dons 0 - 2 Plymouth Kari Arnason scores a goal. Milton Keynes Dons 0-2 Plymouth.
27:30 Yannick Bolasie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dan Woodards. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.
25:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Fallon on Dean Lewington. Peter Leven takes the direct free kick.
24:18 Joe Mason takes a shot. Save by David Martin. Corner taken by Onismor Bhasera.
21:42 GOAL - Onismor Bhasera:MK Dons 0 - 1 Plymouth Onismor Bhasera finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal.
Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Plymouth.
18:28 Foul by Dean Lewington on Rory Fallon, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Clark from right wing, Jabo
Ibehre manages to make a clearance. Jabo Ibehre fouled by Rory Fallon, the ref awards a free kick. David Martin restarts play
with the free kick.
17:32 The ball is delivered by Dan Woodards.
12:36 Rory Fallon concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary MacKenzie. Direct free kick taken by Peter Leven.
10:49 Unfair challenge on Lewis Guy by Kari Arnason results in a free kick. Peter Leven restarts play with the free kick.
7:50 Mathias Doumbe fouled by Onismor Bhasera, the ref awards a free kick. David Martin takes the direct free kick.
5:25 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven from the right by-line, Gary MacKenzie takes a shot. Save by David Button.
Lewis Guy concedes a free kick for a foul on David Button. Direct free kick taken by David Button.
3:52 Yannick Bolasie concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Powell. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.
2:58 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Yannick Bolasie goes wide of the right-hand upright.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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