Pools fell behind midway through the first half when Noah Chilvers opened the scoring after tapping home a rebound following an initial save from Ben Killip to deny John Akinde.
Pools were fortunate not to fall further behind when Cameron Coxe struck the inside of Killip’s post before Graeme Lee’s side had a penalty shout turned down for a foul on Joe White.
The visitors trailed at the break and had the post to thank once more in the opening minutes of the second half before they started to turn the screw themselves.
And it was Omar Bogle who grabbed the equaliser with a fine low strike into the bottom corner before Pools’ new signing bundled his way through the penalty area to tee up Isaac Fletcher for the winner.
And here is how Pools were rated in their come from behind win.
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1. Nicholas Bilokapic - 7
Calm and composed first half and made a big save early in the second. Few shaky moments with distribution but a solid home debut from the teenager all told. Picture by FRANK REID Photo: Frank Reid
2. Jamie Sterry - 6
Did ok. Was a decent threat in the first half. Exposed once or twice in the second half as Port Vale doubled up before being forced off with injury. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News) Photo: Mark Fletcher
3. Neill Byrne - 6
Key block in the first half to deny Wilson. Booked in the second. (Credit: Mark Fletcher) Photo: Mark Fletcher
4. Gary Liddle - 8
One sloppy pass in the first half not enough to take away from what was an excellent display. Headed and blocked anything that came his way. (Credit: Will Matthews | MI News) Photo: Will Matthews