Exeter moved out of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone with a 2-1 win against fellow strugglers Carlisle at St James Park.
The hosts gave a debut to loan signing Luke Harris, from Fulham, and he twice went close in the first five minutes, while Jordan Gibson was high with a long-range effort for Carlisle.
The best chance of a tame first half fell to Carlisle’s Josh Emmanuel, but with only Vili Sinisalo to beat, Zak Jules got back to make an outstanding goal-saving block.
After the break, Exeter’s Jack Aitchison saw a shot spilled by Gabe Breeze, but Sonny Cox could not finish off the rebound.
However, the Grecians finally got the goal their play deserved after 57 minutes when Harris’ cross fell kindly for Reece Cole and he smashed the ball in from 12 yards.
City were on top now and the second goal duly arrived in the 77th minute when Aitchison’s shot struck the base of the post and Cox reacted quickest to turn in the loose ball.
Luke Armstrong hit the post from close range for Carlisle before Dan Butterworth smashed in from 20 yards to give the Cumbrians hope, but despite nine minutes of added time, the Grecians held firm for a much-needed win.
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