MARCHDebutant Florent Cuvelier struck a last-minute winner to give Burton victory over Hartlepool and send them back to the top of League Two.
Lucas Akins was booked for diving early on after going down in the box as Hartlepool's Dan Jones made the tackle.
In a game of few chances, it was Pools who often looked the more threatening as Marlon Harewood went close with two first-half efforts.
But substitute Cuvelier broke Pools hearts with his close-range winner.
Burton Albion went three points clear at the top of League Two as Accrington Stanley's away woes continued.
In a quiet first half, Damien McCrory put the Brewers ahead from the penalty spot after a handball by Rob Atkinson.
Josh Windass headed over from Piero Mingoia's pinpoint cross as Stanley responded strongly after half-time.
But Stuart Beavon fired home after good work from Adam McGurk and Matthew Palmer's stunning late strike from the edge of the box sealed the win.
League Two leaders Burton overcame the dismissal of Robbie Weir to hit an 89th-minute winner through Nasser El Khayati and go five points clear.
Jon McLaughlin saved Barry Corr's penalty after he was fouled by John Mousinho. But Corr then made amends to put Southend ahead before the break.
Weir was sent off after a clash with Corr, but 10-man Burton levelled through Matty Palmer's 18-yard shot.
El Khayati then earned a third straight win when he fired into the far corner.
Burton eased to victory at Tranmere to bolster their League Two title bid and add to Rovers' relegation worries.
Damien McCrory put the visitors ahead with a left-foot shot and Lucas Akins' tap-in doubled the lead.
A 25-yard volley from Kayode Odejayi gave Tranmere a lifeline and a foul on the striker handed them a penalty.
But Jon McLaughlin kept out Max Power's spot kick before Nasser El Khayati's clinical strike and Adam Dugdale's own goal made sure of the Brewers' win.
It was a second penalty save in as many games for McLaughlin - after doing the same in the midweek win over Southend.
Burton missed the chance to restore their five-point lead at the top of League Two as they drew with Stevenage.
The visitors went ahead in the 12th minute when midfielder Tom Naylor found his own net in attempting to clear Simon Walton's header.
Another own goal brought Burton level as Bira Dembele turned John Mousinho's header past keeper Chris Day.
Phil Edwards hit the bar with a header for Burton, who are three points clear of Shrewsbury and Wycombe.