RELENTLESS Tranmere kept their automatic promotion challenge alive and damaged their opponent’s own hopes, with an impressive 2-1 victory over MK Dons at Prenton Park, in front a season's best crowd of 8,357.

In a titanic battle, David Perkins gave Rovers the lead on the half hour mark only for Kieran Agard to restore parity two minutes later.

But Jennings headed home the winner 28 minutes from time, moving the Birkenhead club to within just two points of the automatic places, as Milton Keynes dropped out of the top three.

League Two Manager of the Month for March, Micky Mellon, made one change to the side that drew at Newport Court last time out, with Jonny Smith making way for Ben Pringle.

The visitors went close after only four minutes when Agard saw his header from a corner cleared off the line.

A through ball from Rovers’ Kieron Morris released James Norwood but his shot from a wide angle was gathered by Lee Nicholls at the second attempt.

Norwood had the ball in the net five minutes later but it was ruled out for a foul in the build-up.

Agard then tried his luck with a left foot effort for MK, curling it into the Bebington Kop.

When Chuks Aneke burst through the Rovers defence it looked like danger for the hosts but he could only fire wide before Connor Jennings followed suit with an ambitious effort at the other end.

Norwood then forced a corner out of Nicholls with a fierce low shot after a beautiful take down on his chest.

On the half hour mark Tranmere took the lead when Ben Pringle’s corner was only headed out as far as Perkins, who unleashed a first-time volley on the edge of the box that flew into the net.

But only two minutes later, the visitors were level with Agard nodding Jake Hesketh’s right wing cross past Scott Davies from close range.

Further issues for the hosts soon followed, as goal scorer Perkins hobbled off, replaced by Jay Harris.

As Tranmere pushed to restore their advantage, substitute Harris saw a low drive held by Nicholls.

Deep in first half injury time, the dangerous Hesketh danced his way through the Rovers rear guard but could only shot straight at Davies.

With nothing to choose between the sides after 45 minutes, Norwood had a chance straight after the break to regain the lead for Tranmere, but could only flick it into the hands of Nicholls.

The tension in the ground was tangible, with both sets of players unwilling to give an inch to their adversaries.

Good work from Pringle down the left saw the Preston loanee stand up a cross at the far post for Morris, which was headed over by Dons captain Dean Lewington for a corner.

As the Super White Army urged them to keep attacking, Tranmere retook the lead with 28 minutes remaining when Pringle’s beautiful cross from the left was headed home by Jennings in front of a delirious Kop end.

As Rovers tried to kill the game, Norwood saw a good opportunity blocked by the head of Jordan Houghton, before the prolific marksman bent a free kick over the bar.

Milton Keynes were all out of ideas and rarely troubled Tranmere in the closing stages, allowing Mellon’s men to hold on for their ninth victory in their last 12 matches.

To say Rovers are over-achieving would be doing them a disservice, but with the momentum they have, absolutely anything is possible from hereon.

Micky Mellon said afterwards: "It was a real effort for us to beat a very good side.

"We knew that we’d have to be very good at all the things that we were good at in order to try and get that result.

“We’re delighted with the three points, but that’s all it is.

"We honestly won’t get carried away. They’ll be no one doing cartwheels around here.

"We’ve now got ourselves into a fantastic position and we have to make sure that we keep focused and working hard keep trying to pick up points.

"It was a good game. It represented the division very well on, let’s be honest, a very poor pitch.

"But with a big crowd here, we were delighted to get that first goal. “Nine of the players the played in that side today played in the National League last year, so to turn in performances like that is all credit to them.”