Substitute Shaun Miller bagged an 89th minute winner to hand Crewe Alex all three points from a drab encounter with Morecambe at Gresty Road on Saturday.
The striker came off the bench to volley home in the closing stages as the Railwaymen moved onto 50 points for the campaign.
But it was a poor display in a low-quality game, with few highlights as both keepers enjoyed quiet afternoons.
Now the Alex can go into the final two games of the season still with the possibility of beating their 2016-17 tally.
Crewe were looking to complete the league double over the Shrimpers, after a late Perry Ng stunner earned a 1-0 win for the Railwaymen at the Globe Arena in November.
A late goal from former Morecambe favourite Shaun Miller gave Crewe victory over the Shrimps at Gresty Road.
Miller did what he does best by taking advantage of a loose ball in the opposition box to volley past Barry Roche after Morecambe failed to deal with a corner one minute from time.
It was the second time that Crewe had snatched victory over the Shrimps at the death this season as Jim Bentley’s side failed to score once again.
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MORECAMBE’S hopes of securing League 2 safety were dashed by former favourite Shaun Miller.
The striker, on loan from Carlisle, denied Morecambe a vital point with an 89th minute goal to give Crewe their second win over the Shrimps this season, and ensure the Shrimps still have more to do in their final three games of the season to seal safety.
Miller showed exactly the sort of striker’s instinct that saw him do well at the Globe Arena when he took advantage of a loose, bouncing ball in the box to volley past Barry Roche after Morecambe failed to deal with a corner one minute from time.
The game itself was a scrappy one with both sides struggling to put a run of passes together on a hard, bobbly pitch.