Hartlepool's Nicke Kabamba battles for the ball against Braintree.
Our Pools writer Liam Kennedy has dished out his player ratings following the win at the Super 6 Stadium - scroll down and flick through our gallery to see how each player performed.
Missed a cross or two but pretty solid throughout... 6 Subbed at half-time to bring Luke James into the side. Delivery let him down on occasions... 5 He's raw but has all the tools to be a very good player on this evidence... 6 Commanding and calming presence in the centre of defence... 7 Positioning is questionable at times... 5 Caught out for the goal, although he was not helped by Anderson alongside him. Assist for Pools' first... 6 Quite a quiet game for the experienced midfielder... 5 An excellent player but at risk of become a Jack of all trades, master of none. Very good when moved out to the right... 7 Cool and calm for the winner from the spot, found good spaces in the final third... 7 An excellent contribution, especially in the first half. Dropped further back in the second which saw his influence wane... 7 A constant nuisance for the visiting defenders. Looks rangy and full of running. Took his goal brilliantly... 8 Added the pace and energy in the final third Pools lacked. A massive hand in winning the penalty in the second 45... 8 A solid show off the bench... 6