A lacklustre second half showing from Oxford United threw away an early lead as Bristol Rovers struck twice in the second period to condemn Derek Fazackerley to a 2-1 defeat in his first home game in charge.
United started well and took the lead within two minutes through Joe Rothwell, but a poor second half from the U’s saw the Gas turn the game around with a confident showing.
Caretaker boss Fazackerley called on his players to build on the previous win at Charlton Athletic – and he got an immediate response as the Yellows exploded into action.
A poor clearance from Rovers stopper Adam Smith found its way to Rothwell who took advantage and fired confidently into the top corner.
The United players said the buzz around the club had returned and the hosts played with drive and passion in the early stages, although Simon Eastwood had to be alert to tip a Chris Lines effort over the bar.
Rothwell and Isaac Buckley-Ricketts both went close but Rovers saw more of the ball as the half went on.
Lacking firepower since Billy Bodin, the scorer of 11 Rovers goals this season, left for the Championship last month, the visitors only really tried their luck from range in the first half.
Kyle Bennett and Stuart Sinclair skewed high and wide before Ollie Clarke had similar luck with strikes from outside the area as the first half came to a close.
The U’s had plenty to do in the second half to hold on to their lead and they were given a fright when former United midfielder Liam Sercombe, the scorer of 17 goals in two seasons in Oxford colours, flashed a header wide.
The Gas continued to ask questions as striker Ellis Harrison who, quiet up to the hour mark, should have done better with a header from close range.
But the pressure proved too much and, on 68 minutes, Bennett smashed home the equaliser when Oxford failed to clear a free kick.
Rattled, the wave of pressure intensified and Eastwood had to be at full stretch to tip a curling Bennett effort from around the post.
And the winner arrived 10 minutes from time when a Clarke cross was volleyed home by Harrison.
Substitute Agon Mehmeti responded with a low drive that flashed wide but United failed to keep the ball or create anything of note in the second half, leaving plenty to think about for Fazackerley.