Kevin Ellison secured three vital points for Morecambe in an epic Sky Bet League Two encounter at The Globe Arena.
A disastrous start handed fellow relegation strugglers Yeovil Town the lead inside the first minute and The Shrimps looked to be heading for a fourth straight defeat. That was reinforced by half-time as the visitors took a two-goal lead into the break.
Jim Bentley’s upbeat half-time team talk sent a hungry Morecambe side out for a reinvigorated second period.
Vadine Oliver pulled one back on 72 minutes and Callum Lang drew level a few minutes later. The Glovers looked set for three points after regaining the lead on 84 minutes but Lang claimed his third goal in two games within a minute of the restart.
Neither side looked to settle for a draw in a breathless closing finish.
Opportunities fell to both sides by it was Ellison who sent The Globe faithful into jubilation deep in added time.
Ellison had feared the first half would be a repeat of the Boxing Day defeat to Notts County but his side rallied at the break.
“We started the game sloppy giving away two terrible goals inside the first 20 minutes. We haven’t been good enough lately and not picked up points.
“We came in at half-time expecting the gaffer (Jim Bentley) to have a rant. Instead, he took the pressure off the lads. He told us to forget we were two-nil down and go out to win the second half.”
The 38-year-old striker realised a change of form was needed and a match-winning last 45 minutes gave a solid base to build on for the visit to Lancashire rivals Accrington Stanley on New Years’ Day.
“The lads have let the gaffer and his staff down lately but we repaid them in the end. It’s the same with the fans. We haven’t been giving them too much to shout about but that changed tonight. You can understand their frustration but they backed us, particularly when we pulled one back. Our goal scoring and the great support carried on and we took the win in the end.”
Ellison claimed his sixth goal of the season but played down his role in favour of team mate Callum Lang.
“I was made up for Langey tonight. He’s been brilliant scoring goals tonight but I robbed his limelight by scoring the winner!
“Hopefully we can put 2017 behind us and start looking forward to the New Year.”
Ecstatic celebrations saw the frontman pick-up his third yellow card for whipping off his shirt in goal celebration as the Shrimps ranks raised the roof.
“I’ll take the yellow card for my celebration – definitely!”