Gary Rowett hailed Burton's 3-2 victory over Dagenham as the club's result of the season to date.

The win moved Rowett's men to within three points of an automatic promotion spot in League Two less than 48 hours after they were on FA Cup replay duty at Altrincham.

The Burton boss said: "Considering how little time there was between the games, I thought we did sensationally well and I would say it was our biggest result of the season so far. We had literally a day to recover and I could see our legs were starting to a go a little bit, but we've shown we have character in abundance."

Rowett must have feared the worst when his side missed a string of early chances and then saw the Daggers take the lead after goalkeeper Dean Lyness, making his full League debut, brought down Jake Reed.

Lyness pushed Michael Spillane's spot-kick against the inside of a post, but Dwight Gayle was on hand to net his seventh of the season from the rebound.

Former Dagenham full-back Damien McCrory pulled Burton level with a deflected shot in the 51st minute and two minutes later substitute Matt Paterson pounced on a defensive lapse to give the home team the lead.

Substitute Sam Williams smashed home a right-footed shot to level the scores in the 78th minute, but it took Burton only a minute to regain the lead thanks to an equally good finish from the edge of the area by Billy Kee.

Rowett said: "We could have been three-nil up after about 25 minutes and probably could have scored six. It was disappointing that we didn't take those chances and then to go a goal down was unfortunate for young Dean. We were up against it, but I thought we came up with a magnificent performance given the circumstances."

Dagenham manager John Still was frustrated his side blew the chance to record a third successive victory. The veteran manager said: "I thought it was a careless and naïve performance from us. We got the goal but then in the space of two minutes we let them get in front when we should have done a lot better defensively.

"Our two centre-halves just weren't good enough because two goals away from home should be enough to get us something from the game. We've been tremendous of late and we've had a great run, which makes this result all the more disappointing and frustrating.