Safety secured, Pools can start looking up for the final three games of the current National League campaign.
Tonight Matthew Bates' men secured a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient to move out of reach of the fifth tier's bottom four thanks to a Louis Laing goal.
But how did the starting XI rate? Here's our take from Victoria Park...
Scott Loach - Made 2/3 good saves in the first half to keep the scores level. Had a quiet second half... 6
Lewis Hawkins - Got himself stuck in, had trouble handling... 6
Louis Laing - Rose beautifully for the goal and handled Bonne well. Much better from the centre-half... 7
Carl Magnay - Captain led by example, leading the defensive line with some vital clearances... 7
Blair Adams - Struggled to handle McAnuff, giving away multiple fouls but composed himself well second half... 6
Nicky Featherstone - Started slow but but grew into the game, passing wasn't at it's best but his effort and determination shone through... 7
Josh Hawkes - Was overrun in midfield early on in both halves but recovered to help hold the Orient attack at bay... 6
Conor Newton - Poor first half but made up for it with a solid display in the second... 6
Michael Woods - Struggled first half picking up a yellow card in the process. However, his set-pieces were better today... 6
Jake Cassidy - Had a golden chance cleared off the line that he really should've scored, couldn't fault his effort with little/no service... 7
Ryan Donaldson - Bit of a bystander but worked hard to help the midfield... 6
Rhys Oates (for Woods 46) - Worked hard to keep his side in-front but was largely in-effective... 6
Devante Rodney (for Hawkes 69) - Didn't look comfortable receiving the ball and picked up a needless red card... 4
Scott Harrison (for Donaldson 90) ...N/A
Subs not used: Ryan Catterick, Jack Munns,
Yellow: Woods 22, Cassidy 69, Rodney 79
Red: Rodney 90
Goal(s): Laing 38
Leyton Orient XI: Dean Brill, Joe Widdowson, George Elokobi (Daniel Happe 45), Marvin Expiteta, Samuel Ling, Craig Clay (David Mooney 68), David Brophy, (Lamar Reynolds 46), Ebou Adams, Josh Koroma, Jobi McAnuff, Macauley Bonne.
Subs not used: Charlie Grainger, Myles Judd.
Yellow: Clay 52
Referee: Andrew Miller - 6 - Tried to let the game flow getting a few decisions wrong first half but was consistent throughout.