Tranmere raised hopes of moving out of the bottom four in with a fifth home success as Bristol Rovers slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Prenton Park.
Bristol could have few complaints as they lost for the sixth successive time on their travels. They played some neat football at times but rarely troubled Luke Daniels in the home goal.
Tranmere had the better of the first half and Ian Goodison should have put them ahead when he headed wide from an 18th-minute corner.
But Craig Curran made no mistake with a fine angled strike from the corner of the box just short of the half hour.
Shaleum Logan volleyed wide early on for the Merseysiders and an Ian Thomas-Moore effort was deflected wide by the legs of keeper Mikkel Andersen.
Daniels saved comfortably from a Mark Wright shot whilst headers via Chris Dickson and Steve Elliott for Bristol missed the target.
The visitors showed more purpose after the break and were within a whisker of levelling after 55 minutes with Chris Lines heading against the crossbar from a Stuart Campbell corner.
But less than a minute later they found themselves two goals behind with Gareth Edds beating Andersen with a well-placed shot into the corner following a cross by Zoumana Bakayogo.
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