FC UNITED snatched all three points in a thrilling top-of-the-table clash at Gigg Lane thanks to Stuart Rudd's winner.
The Rebels left the pitch to a rousing ovation from the 2,493-strong crowd after twice fighting back from behind to overcome Curzon Ashton.
Karl Marginson's men are now just one point behind North West Counties League leaders Salford City with six games in hand.
Curzon took the lead after six minutes when Steven Moore netted. But FC United clicked into gear after the break. Substitute Gary Sampson struck a sweet equaliser from outside the area in the 49th minute, which prompted Curzon to launch an onslaught on the home side's goal.
Moore restored Curzon's lead with an exquisite lob, only to see Sampson pull United level again two minutes later.
There were chances at both ends after that, before Rudd - FC United's leading scorer - put his side in front in the 71st minute.
The Rebels held onto the lead despite missing a penalty with three minutes to go.