HEREFORD boss Graham Turner must have been smiling at 4.40pm on Saturday as it looked like Accrington Stanley had finally slipped up and had given his side a glimmer of hope in their title aspirations.
But, by 4.47pm, his heart must have plummeted as the Reds pulled out a last gasp winner and chalked up their eighth straight league win - and put the pressure back on the Bulls, who, though to their credit, did bounce back with a win on Monday night.
But even Reds boss John Coleman couldn't hide the fact that his side had been desperatetly lucky to pick up three points - and surely title's are won on such twists of fate.
Burton came to the Interlink, went all out for it on a windy day and deserved to win the game.
They pressed and pushed but wasteful finishing by their young forwards prevented them putting the league leaders to the sword.
In return, the Reds' finishing was clinical none moreso than Paul Mullin who has now scored five goals in three games and has 16 goals for the season.
He had two real chances and took them both while, at the other end, keeper Rob Elliot was there to keep out anything the Brewers did get on target.
It shouldn't have been Stanley's day - but it was and could this mean it is the Reds' season?
"I feel like I should be wearing a mask. We didn't play well at all," said a bemused Coleman, after his side got away with daylight robbery.
"All credit to Burton as they didn't let us play well. It is a traversty that we won it and it is a traversty that they have come away with nothing. If they play like that to the end of the season, I can see them making the play-offs."
Coleman couldn't really put his finger on why his side were out of sorts.
"We had a bit of luck in the first half and scored at what I thought was a good time but then we couldn't get into the game. Everything we did seemed to go wrong.
"We have led a charmed life in front of our goal and we didn't put them under pressure. If someone had given me a point after an hour I would have took is Burton are the best team who have come here by a long shot."
Brewers boss Nigel Clough, linked with the managerial vacancies at Derby County and Nottingham Forest, was understandably gutted.
"I am sick to lose but very pleased with the performance and I think it highlights why Accrington are going to the Football League and we are not.
"In the 92nd minute or whatever it was, we concede a goal from a corner and I don't think they do that that often which is why they are top of the league and we are 10th.
"It was a goal kick and not a corner for their late goal and the referee was only 10 yards away but it doesn't matter you still have to defend it.
"All our good work for 90 minutes has gone out the window. If we had put a third of our chances in, in the first half, the game would have been over by half-time. It is just so frustrating and disappointing."
It was the Accrington fans who were also frustrated as their team never got out of first gear.
Burton came with a mission and stuck to their task well with Stanley almost conceding a league goal for the first time in the opening 15 minutes this season but Jon Shaw just couldn't make enough contact with a Shaun Harrad cross.
But, against the run of play, Stanley broke down the right Phil Edwards played in a perfect ball which Mullin headed into the bottom corner of the net.
It was hoped Stanley would kick on from that and find their feet but Clough's side were having none of it.
They continued to force the pace with Stanley repeatedly defending and they had a let off on 20 minutes when Shaw played in Harrad but he smashed the ball against the upright.
And one minute later a Kris Taylor corner was headed against his own post by defender Andy Tretton and somehow scrambled cleared.
It was a solid show by the mid-table visitors and they continued to be unlucky with Elliot pushing out a Harrad close range effort while Shaw then fired straight at the Stanley keeper.
And Coleman was then bemoaning his side's luck as he felt Stanley should have had a penalty.
It was the Reds' first real passing move on 45 minutes when Ian Craney and Roberts combined but it ended with Terry Henshaw shoulder charging Craney in the area which ended with the midfielder floored - but referee Michael Short was certainly having none of it.
And then, there was still time in the first half for Burton to get the equaliser. A cross from the left wing from Aaron Webster was bundled into the net via the underside of the crossbar by Shaw off his knees - whether he meant it or not it isn't sure but none of the visitors were bothered as they celebrated a deserved equaliser.
Coleman's half-time team talks have worked wonders this season and the expectant fans were awaiting a different Stanley in the second half.
And although they did improve, it was only marginally better as Burton continued to boss play and give the leaders a run for their money.
Albion continued to pepper the Reds goal but were wasteful.
And then, on 75 minutes, Elliot pulled off another wonder save as Harrad's powerful drive was heading for the net - but the Stanley keeper once again got his hand to it.
More desperate defending followed but Stanley did seem to step up a gear in the final five minutes.
And when the fourth official announced two minutes to go there did suddenly seem a desperation and purpose about the Reds to make sure they kept winning.
Their 91st minute corner was never a flag kick according to both managers but Gary Roberts whipped it in and Mullin stooped to steer a bullet header into the goal - and give the Reds a shock win.
The announcer said it was Robbie Williams but it was definitely Mullin's goal.
"I stooped low and crept in between their defenders," said Mullin. "It was great when it hit the net."
Williams owned up: "It was Paul's but you can give it me if you want!"
Coleman admitted it is so difficult being a manager when his team aren't performing to their best.
"It is just so hard as you can shout instructions but can't do anything on the pitch. But we had words at half-time as, taking the goalkeepers out of it, they were winning the individual battles 8-2 or 9-1 and we had to address that in the second half. We did a bit.
"But Paul's goal was a joy. He has been a shining light.
"It maybe pays them back for the late goal they scored at their place last season to equalise which put a dent in our play-off hopes.
"But I admit if I was Nigel Clough, I would be bitterly disappointed and sick to the stomach - especially as it probably wasn't a corner."