Chris Hargreaves insists the belief is still strong that Torquay United can beat the drop from League 2 after a morale-boosting 2-1 success at Bristol Rovers.

Second-half goals from Shaquile Coulthirst and Lee Mansell won a crucial game for both clubs and left manager Hargreaves dreaming of the impossible..

Hargreaves said: "I have to believe we can stay up and I genuinely do. We still have Wycombe to play and if we can win our next game, who knows?

"What pleases me is that we have some very young players in the side and they were able to perform in the situation we find ourselves.

"Of course it is still a massive uphill battle. But it is my job to produce a team for the future whatever league we find ourselves in and I have to take encouragement from what I saw.

"I don't look at the the league table. I'm just going to go home and watch Match of the Day and I might hear what the wife is saying to me for once.

"Usually there is so much going on in my head that I don't listen to anyone. Perhaps I can relax for a while this evening and then it's back to work."

Coulthirst headed Torquay ahead in the 62nd minute from a Courtney Cameron free-kick and 13 minutes later the 19-year-old Tottenham loanee turned goal-maker, teeing up Mansell to fire past Steve Mildenhall with the aid of a deflection from 12 yards.

The game was deep into stoppage time when Woodards shot home at the second attempt after Torquay goalkeeper Martin Rice had saved his first effort.

Rovers only came to life in the closing minutes when substitute David Clarkson headed against the crossbar. The final seconds saw Woodards shoot over, but Torquay were well worth their win.

The Pirates are now in the thick of the battle to avoid relegation and sit just one point above the drop zone after a desperately poor display.

"We deserved all the stick we got from supporters at the end, "Darrell Clarke admitted.

"One or two of the players did not look up for the fight and I will have to look at that before selecting a team for our next game at Portsmouth.

"The right mentality is everything in our current situation. To say I am bitterly disappointed with how we played is an understatement.

"We only had a go in the last 10 minutes and that is not acceptable. I picked an attacking line-up, but we never got off the blocks in the second half and conceded from a set-piece.

"It wasn't good enough and we have a fight on."