Sierra Leone International Sullay Kaikai scored the only goal as MK Dons moved out of the League One relegation places with a victory over Accrington, who dropped into the bottom four.
Kaikai, who has seven caps for the Leone Stars, will link up with his national team following this weekend’s Sky Bet League One win over Accrington Stanley.
The Dons started strongly and had a Jack Tucker header cleared off the line before they opened the scoring after eight minutes.
A one-two between Conor Grant and Kaikai ended with the latter beating two players and squeezing the ball home from a tight angle for his second goal of the campaign.
The visitors continued to force the pace, Paris Maghoma firing straight at Toby Savin, and Mohamed Eisa’s effort deflected off target before the break.
Stanley’s first shot on target came after 57 minutes as keeper Jamie Cumming dived to keep out Tommy Leigh’s strike.
The home side pressed after that with several goalmouth scrambles and Leigh heading down into the arms of Cumming.
MK Dons substitute Max Dean could have doubled their advantage with 17 minutes left when he burst through but was denied by Savin’s legs.
The game was on a knife edge, but the Dons held out.
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