DONS boss Terry Brown admitted his job was on the line before the 2-1 lifesaver against Dagenham & Redbridge today.
The AFC manager breathed a sigh of relief when he got a massive slice of luck as Kieran Djilali's side-foot squirmed under the keeper for the winner - and a first three points in 10 games for the beleagured club.
Brown also reckoned Jack Midson had kept him in a job even longer with a heap of strikes that saw the forward add number 17 for the campaign from distance to open the scoring on 73 minutes.
Brown said: "It was a neck on the line game, and it was painful when they scored. I can pick hundreds of negatives out of the game, there was no football played out there, but I only want to take positives.
"If you lose to a Hereford, Plymouth, Dagenham and Bradford - do you really expect to keep your job? Hereford beat us and the manager there lost his job.
"It's not about me being giving extra time, it's about a good squad proving they are."
It was an ill wind that blew Brown some good when he picked up League Two's second leading scorer Midson.
The forward was at Oxford when the manager heard all about him, because the Dons boss was constantly at a hospital in the university town attending his dangerously ill wife.
"They didn't want to let him go," added Brown. "But he wasn't getting much of a chance, and the boy has kept me in a job with goals from all over the pitch."