Crawley boss Richie Barker was quick to express his relief after a dramatic stoppage-time winner from Nicky Adams gave his side a 3-2 victory against Bury.
Adams, who began his career at Gigg Lane, clinched it for the Reds with his fifth goal in four games after the bottom-of-the-table Shakers had staged a stirring second-half fightback to get level at 2-2.
Crawley looked in control after goals from Adams and Hope Akpan put them 2-0 ahead nine minutes into the second half. But Bury scored twice in the space of three minutes through Tom Hopper and Andy Bishop to put the match on a knife-edge.
Barker, who quit as Bury manager in August to take over the Crawley hot-seat from Sean O'Driscoll, admitted to feeling a little sorry for his former club.
He said: "I did feel sorry for them, they did have some bad luck but I'm delighted with the three points.
"When you're down the bottom things tend to go against you but with a bit of luck I'm sure things will turn and hopefully they will lift themselves off the bottom of the table."
Bury are still without a league win after 11 games and boss Kevin Blackwell believes a lack of belief is badly affecting his new side.
This was Blackwell's fourth game in charge and the former Sheffield united and Leeds manager believes Bury were repeatedly getting "kicked in the teeth".
He said: "With 28 seconds to go we conceded the winning goal with what was meant to be a cross. It was a fortuitous goal and that makes it painful. That is hard to take. When you are down there you get kicks in the teeth all the time and it showed in this game.
"Crawley showed they had the tenacity to keep going and fair play to them, but having pulled back to 2-2 we should have taken something from the game. There is a lack of belief and it's about having courage. Unfortunately, if it can go wrong for us at the moment it will go wrong."