Bury boss Ryan Lowe feels his side can get out of relegation trouble after claiming a 2-1 home win over AFC Wimbledon.
Middlesbrough loanee George Miller headed Bury into a 17th-minute lead after Harry Bunn's penalty was saved.
The Dons equalised through a Phil Edwards own goal after 28 minutes but Bunn put Bury back in front two minutes before half-time.
That proved enough to make it seven points from nine for the Shakers, who remain bottom of Sky Bet League One but are now nine points from safety - and 10 behind the Dons in 19th.
Lowe said: 'In the first half we looked like a top team. We achieved virtually everything we set out to do.
'We attacked from the start, penned them in and created lots of chances. And that's why we brought George Miller in. He's a winner and he scores goals.
'To concede the own goal was a bit of a blow but the lads showed commitment and desire to go on to win the game.
'We didn't dwell on the own goal. We kept going and huffed and puffed a little bit. They put us under some pressure in the second half but we hung in there and it was the least we deserved.
'You can see the togetherness out there now and the belief that they can win games. We'll keep believing we can get out of this mess and if we keep performing like that then we'll climb the table.'
Dons keeper George Long denied Bunn, Miller and Zeli Ismail before Jon Meades tripped Danny Mayor, and although Long saved Bunn's spot-kick, Miller converted the rebound.
Yet the Dons drew level as Liam Trotter volleyed a corner back towards goal and Edwards sliced his attempted clearance into his own net.
Miller laid off for Bunn to force in a close-range shot, before Long then denied Mayor and Bunn while Dons substitute Harry Forrester headed against the post.
Connor Ripley tipped over a Meades header to condemn the visitors to a second straight defeat.
Dons manager Neal Ardley said: 'Bury thoroughly deserved the win. They should have been out of sight by half-time.
'It was the worst we've played all season in the first half. There was no communication, we were all over the shop. Players weren't doing their job, they were losing battles and I felt a bit helpless on the side.
'We were trying to stay in the game and managed to get back to 1-1, which we didn't deserve. You've then got to use your nous to get through to half-time at 1-1 but even then it was kamikaze. It was so hard to watch.
'We made changes at half-time and were the better team in the second half but we were chasing the game. It was too little too late.
'It was disappointing to lose this one but we've got to pick ourselves up and put some points on the board.'