Torquay United manager Martin Ling praised his side's character as the Gulls clawed back from 3-0 down after 47 minutes to beat Aldershot 4-3 at wind-blown Plainmoor.

Target man Rene Howe smashed the 89th-minute winner to take his season's tally to seven after goals by Billy Bodin (48 mins), Ryan Jarvis (69) and fellow substitute Ashley Yeoman (84).

After a remarkable night, Ling said: "After so many draws this was an incredible comeback and you have got to give credit to the players - and the character in that dressing room."

Craig Reid's hat-trick had put the Shots 3-0 ahead, and Ling added: "I have never been manager of a side that has come back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 and all I can say is that it shows the character in the dressing room. Unbelievable.

"At half time we said that the next goal would be important and we went 3-0 down within a couple of minutes."

Aldershot boss Dean Holdsworth said: "It's a cruel game. We have got picked off by a good side but I will still take a lot of positives about getting three goals away from home, the system we played, the work rate and the way we played.

"You have got to give them credit, because Torquay are a good side, and to be three-up against them says a lot about us and the way we played.

"I want us to play attacking, positive football and I think that was the best first half of football we have played this season.

"We will stay positive, it's the only way to be. Craig Reid was superb and fully deserved his hat-trick.

"There were some great performances out there and I honestly think that the conditions - the weather - played a major part in the game."