NEWPORT County had lost six successive games before the arrival of Sid Nelson on loan from Millwall, but the 21-year-old defender helped his League Two side make it six unbeaten as the Exiles drew 0-0 at home to Grimsby Town.
The result on Tuesday night still leaves Newport bottom of the table, four points off safety.
But a third clean sheet in their last five games with Nelson in their defence has given them a chance to beat the drop from the Football League.
In League One, Gregg Wylde came on in the 85th minute of Northampton’s 2-1 win over Swindon.
Gillingham were level on points with Northampton when they sacked Justin Edinburgh on January 3, but the current Cobblers boss could have the last laugh with his new side four points above the Gills in the table.
In the National League on Tuesday, Kyron Farrell started for Braintree Town as they moved seven points clear of the relegation zone after a 2-0 win at Eastleigh.
Goalkeeper David Forde helped Portsmouth up to fifth in League Two after Pompey defeated Blackpool 2-0.