Manager Brian Laws has dedicated Scunthorpe's third home win in a week to the fans.

Their 3-1 victory against Carlisle, on the night of their 100th anniversary as a professional club, was the first time since March 2009 that Scunthorpe had won three games on the trot in front of their own fans.

"That is an awful long time to wait for us to do it again," said Laws. "We have to dedicate this week to the supporters for their suffering over the past four years."

Striker Akpo Sodje struck twice for Scunthorpe to take his tally to four goals in the last three homes games. And skipper Paul Reid was also on the mark as his improving side pulled five points clear of the relegation zone in League One.

"The players have always been focused on what they had to do in these last three games - and they have delivered," Laws added. "Psychologically they are all feeling much better about themselves now.

"Belief is the key and when you start winning games at home it does wonders for your confidence. Now we have got to press on. Survival is still our number one aim this season. We can't afford to rest on our laurels now."

There was disappointment for Carlisle boss Greg Abbott, with a cracking long-range drive from James Berrett on the stroke of half-time not enough to save his side from a first defeat in five games.

"We had been on a good run, and got some momentum going," he declared. "We had done the hard work, but to keep that run going we have to come to places like Scunthorpe and get a result.

"But we have shot ourselves in the foot, particularly in the first half. Scunthorpe have begun to turn the corner and and put us on the back foot in the first half.

"The goal just on half-time was a lifeline for us and it was a different story in the second half. Now we have got to pick ourselves up and go again. But it was disappointing because we have lost that momentum that we had that was lifting us up the table."