YORK City kicked off the New Year with their first victory in 12 matches thanks to a solitary Ryan Jarvis goal.
The Minstermen, who had endured their worst end to a calendar year in 90 years with no wins from their last 11 fixtures of 2013, enjoyed a welcome triumph over Morecambe.
Recalled York goalkeeper Michael Ingham did, however, need to pull off a string of first-half saves to ensure his team took a 1-0 lead into the interval much to the relief of the 3,276 crowd.
The former Northern Ireland international pushed away a 25-yard attempt by Jack Sampson and also reacted well to keep out Andy Fleming’s drive at his near post early on.
York subsequently forged in front from their first on-target shot of the afternoon with Jarvis hooking the ball into the roof of the net from three yards following a Michael Coulson corner.
Either side of the goal, home goalkeeper Ingham denied Tony Diagne, first from a header then a free-kick.
After the break, York started to dictate proceedings with Wes Fletcher firing wide and Keith Lowe heading against an upright.
Shrimps goalkeeper Barry Roche also saved another Fletcher effort with his legs before Ingham made the points safe with another excellent stop on 81 minutes.
The long-serving City goalkeeper, making his comeback appearance from a hip injury he suffered in mid-November, dived low to his left to hold on to Jack Redshaw’s downward header.
York City: Ingham; O’Neill, Lowe, McGurk, Davies; Oyebanjo (Carson 84), Montrose, Platt, Coulson; Jarvis (Bowman 63), Flecther. Unused substitutes: Chambers, Fyfield, Brobbel, Puri, Whitehouse.
Morecambe: Roche; McCready (McGowan, 76), Doyle, Hughes; Parrish, Drummond, Fleming, Diagne; Mwasile (Redshaw 59), Sampson (Amond 69), Ellison. Unused substitutes: Threlfall, Kenyon, McGee, Arestidou.
Referee: N Miller (Esh Winning).