Chester FC boss Steve Burr revealed the dressing room was 'bouncing' after his side secured three precious points in an astonishing end to the game with FC Halifax Town.

Craig Mahon put the Blues ahead on 55 minutes and hosts were hardly troubled as Shaymen - down to 10 men after Josh Wilson had been dismissed - toiled.

Deep into time added on, Fax right back James Bolton seemed to have snatched an unlikely and undeserved point but there was still time for one final twist.

With 33 seconds left, late substitute Jamie Menagh pounced on hesitancy in the visitors defence to prod the ball past keeper Matty Glennon and send the home fans into delirium.

"It was heartbreaking to see them equalise," admitted Burr after the game.

"When they equalised it was a terrible feeling but then you get the other feeling when we go up and get the winner. That was fantastic.

"They are bouncing in the dressing room and rightly so when you've won a game like that.

"I was pleased because I knew how different it could have been had we come in at 1-1. It would have been a disappointed dressing room and we wouldn't have deserved that."

It was apt that the BT Sport cameras were there to capture such an incredible finale and anyone watching at home could not have helped but been impressed with the Blues' character.

Chester controlled the game and created the better chances, although the task was made easier when referee Peter Bankes sent Wilson off for stamping on Gareth Seddon.

His dismissal appeared extremely harsh on initial viewing and replays confirmed Mr Bankes made the wrong decision.

"I didn't really think it was a sending off," said Burr, who was not impressed with the overall performance from the referee.

"Every foul seemed to be a booking and I didn't feel there was a bad challenge in the game but there were three or four bookings so that's disappointing."

"I know we were against 10 men but I thought we took advantage of that. I would have liked to have got a second goal just to give us that bit of cushion."

Burr handed starts to 6ft 8ins keeper Aaron Chapman and centre back Matty Brown, with the pair loaned from League Two pacesetters Chesterfield.

Both impressed with the commanding Chapman looking assured until his debut was halted with 20 minutes remaining with a suspected broken hand.

"It was a big blow to lose the young keeper because he had done very well for us," said Burr.

"He's only a young lad and he's very enthusiastic. I think he's broken his hand and it didn't look too good when he came off.

"That was a blow and little things like that seem to be going against us but fair play to us, we got the winner in the end which was fantastic."

Burr was also pleased with the performance of Brown, who looked solid alongside Ross Killock in the heart of defence.

"It's always difficult to come into a team but I think the lad showed he's more than capable of doing a job there for us," said Burr.

"I felt we needed a bit more of an imposing figure at the back and obviously Matty fits that bill

"I was pleased for him and it's always nice to get off to a win and have a good performance under your belt, especially in front of your home supporters."

Burr opted to start Mahon for the first time since taking charge and the Irish winger repaid the faith shown in him with the opening goal and a man of the match performance.

"Craig Mahon did very well for us," said Burr.

"It was his first start for us and he looked lively and I want to see a bit more of that from him now."

Victory moved the Blues up to 19th in the table and puts a three point cushion between them and the bottom four.

"We're not going to concern ourselves with other teams," said Burr.

"We just want to keep winning as many games as we can now before the end of the season. It's going to be very tough we know that but this is another step nearer to staying up

"Again we had unbelievable support and hopefully we can give them a bit more to shout about before the end of the season."