Bilel Mohsni's late double salvo secured Southend a 3-1 victory at Crewe to keep them top of npower League Two.
The Shrimpers had been knocked off top spot temporarily as Matt Tubbs helped Crawley to a 1-0 victory at Northampton in the day's early kick-off. However, Kane Ferdinand's first-half effort looked set to propel Southend back to the top until Harry Davis levelled for Crewe.
Paul Sturrock's side peppered Alex's defence in search of a winning goal and got two in three minutes, with Mohsni netting in the 88th and then a minute into stoppage time.
AFC Wimbledon sit in the third automatic promotion spot behind Southend and Crawley after usurping Morecambe, who they beat 2-1.
Goals from Jack Midson and Christian Jolley helped the recently-promoted side recover from Stewart Drummond's opener to win at the Globe Arena.
Elsewhere in the fourth tier, Craig Fagan's solitary goal saw Torquay fall to a 1-0 defeat at Bradford, who were reduced to 10 men in the 24th minute after Andrew Davies received a straight red card.
Burton also grabbed a 1-0 win thanks to Justin Richards' early goal at Rotherham, while Gillingham drew 1-1 with Port Vale , Danny Kedwell's spot kick levelling things up after Marc Richards broke the deadlock.
Aldershot fell to a 2-1 home defeat to Macclesfield despite taking the lead through Danny Hylton as George Donnelly and Ross Draper goals turned the match.
Fans at Cheltenham's match with Dagenham and Redbridge witnessed three goals in a nine-minute spell, which started when Alan Bennett headed the home side in front in the 40th minute.
Jon Nurse levelled in first-half stoppage time only for the Robins to secure three points when James Spencer netted four minutes after the restart.
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