Lincoln City won their first game in four as two second-half own goals hurt Oxford United's play-off bid.
The Imps led when Josh O'Keefe hit the post and pounced to score the rebound from close range before team-mate Ashley Grimes fired just wide.
Steven MacLean levelled up after Trevor Carson fumbled Tom Craddock's shot.
But Harry Worley scored an own goal as he tried to keep Delroy Facey's effort out and then Anthony Tonkin deflected Mustapha Carayol's cross in.
Lincoln City manager Steve Tilson told BBC Lincolnshire: "It was a big win for us, a really good three points because it was a tough game and Oxford are a good side. I thought they passed the ball really well and that made the win even better.
"Mustapha (Carayol)'s been out for a while and I still think he needs to get fitter, but he's got so much ability and if he is fully fit he could rip this league up. He created two goals and had a really good night.
"We weren't at our best tonight, I'm not going to try and kid anybody, but you get these games where you have to dig in and grind a result out and that's what we've done."
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Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Npower League Two
Worley (og) 63
Tonkin (og) 67
15 Howell (Carayol 24 yellow card)
29 Grimes (Spencer 88)
18 Facey (Hutchinson 80)
14 Hall (Potter 76)
29 Craddock (Hackney 74)
32 MacLean (Midson 81)
Ref: Geoff EltringhamAtt: 2,261
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:46 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
90:00+3:06 Unfair challenge on Jake Wright by Scott Spencer results in a free kick. Harry Worley takes the free kick.
90:00+2:50 Alfie Potter takes a shot. Save by Trevor Carson.
90:00+2:17 Mustapha Carayol gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damian Batt. Damian Batt takes the direct free kick.
90:00+1:44 Mustapha Carayol is ruled offside. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.
90:00+1:44 Booking Mustapha Carayol booked for unsporting behaviour.
90:00+0:47 Alfie Potter produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
89:43 Ben Hutchinson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.
87:55 Substitution Ashley Grimes leaves the field to be replaced by Scott Spencer.
85:59 Alfie Potter produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
85:24 James Constable takes a shot. Save made by Trevor Carson.
84:29 Inswinging corner taken by Alfie Potter from the right by-line, clearance by Stephen Hunt.
84:09 Corner taken left-footed by Alfie Potter, Daniel Hone makes a clearance.
83:57 Jack Midson takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Watts.
82:55 The official flags Jack Midson offside. Trevor Carson restarts play with the free kick.
80:37 Substitution Jack Midson replaces Steven MacLean.
79:55 Substitution Ben Hutchinson is brought on as a substitute for Delroy Facey.
77:49 Shot by Ashley Grimes from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
76:46 Simon Hackney has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Comfortable save by Trevor Carson.
76:00 Substitution Asa Hall leaves the field to be replaced by Alfie Potter.
Correction - 75:49 Ashley Grimes is ruled offside. Damian Batt takes the free kick.
75:49 The assistant referee flags for offside against Ashley Grimes. Ryan Clarke takes the indirect free kick.
74:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Watts by Steven MacLean. Trevor Carson takes the free kick.
73:09 Daniel Hone fouled by Asa Hall, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Hone restarts play with the free kick.
73:09 Substitution Simon Hackney is brought on as a substitute for Tom Craddock.
71:44 Steven MacLean fouled by Stephen Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Paul McLaren crosses the ball in from the free kick.
69:38 Unfair challenge on Daniel Hone by James Constable results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Trevor Carson.
69:22 Gavin McCallum takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.
68:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mustapha Carayol on Damian Batt. Damian Batt takes the free kick.
66:38 GOAL - Anthony Tonkin:Lincoln City 3 - 1 Oxford Utd Anthony Tonkin puts the ball into his own net. Lincoln City 3-1 Oxford Utd.
62:10 GOAL - Harry Worley:Lincoln City 2 - 1 Oxford Utd Harry Worley scores an own goal. Lincoln City 2-1 Oxford Utd.
60:20 Corner taken by Mustapha Carayol.
55:07 Foul by Damian Batt on Gavin McCallum, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mustapha Carayol from left wing.
53:15 The ball is crossed by Stephen Hunt.
50:38 Shot by Tom Craddock from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
49:41 Shot from 25 yards from Steven MacLean. Save made by Trevor Carson.
48:20 Julian Kelly concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven MacLean. Paul McLaren takes the direct free kick. Jake Wright has an
effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
46:02 Asa Hall has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:00+2:01 The first half comes to an end.
44:46 Ashley Grimes has a drilled shot. Comfortable save by Ryan Clarke.
44:05 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gavin McCallum from the right by-line.
43:54 Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Harry Worley gets a block in.
42:45 Simon Heslop produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Correction - 41:36 Gavin McCallum takes a inswinging corner.
41:36 Corner taken by James Constable.
39:55 Tom Craddock provided the assist for the goal.
39:55 GOAL - Steven MacLean:Lincoln City 1 - 1 Oxford Utd A goal is scored by Steven MacLean from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Lincoln City 1-1 Oxford
38:08 Asa Hall gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ali Fuseini. Free kick taken by Adam Watts.
36:14 Foul by Ali Fuseini on Harry Worley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Harry Worley.
34:39 Effort from outside the area by Paul McLaren goes wide right of the goal.
33:39 Mustapha Carayol sends in a cross.
31:55 Effort from deep inside the area by Ashley Grimes misses to the left of the target.
31:28 Delroy Facey is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.
29:00 The offside flag is raised against Delroy Facey. Ryan Clarke takes the indirect free kick.
23:45 Steven MacLean is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Trevor Carson.
23:45 Substitution Mustapha Carayol on for Luke Howell.
21:31 Simon Heslop challenges Luke Howell unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Correction - 19:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Craddock on Adam Watts. Free kick taken by Trevor Carson.
19:40 Tom Craddock challenges Adam Watts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Trevor Carson.
18:46 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gavin McCallum.
17:15 Foul by Josh O'Keefe on Simon Heslop, free kick awarded. Harry Worley restarts play with the free kick.
16:01 The official flags James Constable offside. Trevor Carson takes the free kick.
14:38 Delroy Facey is caught offside. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.
9:14 The referee blows for offside against Delroy Facey. Ryan Clarke takes the indirect free kick.
7:33 The official flags Tom Craddock offside. Trevor Carson takes the indirect free kick.
6:26 Unfair challenge on Steven MacLean by Gavin McCallum results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Damian Batt.
4:40 The assist for the goal came from Gavin McCallum.
4:40 GOAL - Josh O'Keefe:Lincoln City 1 - 0 Oxford Utd Josh O'Keefe fires in a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Lincoln City 1-0 Oxford Utd.
3:58 Simon Heslop has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
1:41 Unfair challenge on James Constable by Adam Watts results in a free kick. Paul McLaren restarts play with the free kick.
1:09 James Constable challenges Adam Watts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Trevor Carson restarts play with the free kick.
0:00 The referee starts the match.
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