Hallam Hope headed a late winner against his old club to earn 10-man Carlisle United a dramatic and much-needed victory against Bury.

The 25-year-old forward met a cross from substitute Connor Simpson, on loan from Preston, to clinch a five-goal thriller for the Cumbrians in the 89th minute.

That capped an absorbing contest which saw United score after 28 seconds at Brunton Park on Saturday, then go behind to two Chris Stokes goals and also lose Mike Jones to a red card before half-time.

Callum O'Hare then shot them level before the dramatic finale, which took Steven Pressley's side a point outside the play-off places in eighth position.

Here's what our Blues views thought of the victory.

Ste Anderson

There's no better feeling than a last-minute winner, especially after a game of football that had the lot and was a real roller-coaster.

A great start - a composed finish by Dev [Jamie Devitt] - but we looked edgy in the first half, and gave the ball away far too much. It was no real surprise that Bury got back into it.

Jones typified the team's edginess and really struggled with an - albeit soft second yellow - summing his game up.

But a heroic showing after the break, full of commitment and bravery on the ball going forward put us back into the match, even if it was backs to the wall at times.

Adam Collin was outstanding and a great pull-back from Simpson for Hope set-up the winner. Five big games to go now.

Graham Watt

We are still in the mix. Who would of thought that at half-time on Saturday? Losing 2-1, down to 10 men, and not playing well at all.

Then in the second half, in typical Carlisle fashion, we got an amazing win against a very good Bury side.

Yet again, we played our "get out of jail free" card and are still just outside the play-offs.

I still feel it’s in our hands and we can still make the play-offs. We have to follow this victory up with another one on Saturday against a team we should be beating, Stevenage, if we have true ambitions of the play-offs.

Time will tell, but one thing’s for sure - we will do it the Carlisle United way.

Craig Mattinson

WOW. 2-1 down at half-time, one man light, and our fading play-off chances hanging by a thread. I don’t think there was a Blue in the ground that would have predicted the 45 minutes that followed.

But from somewhere, we dug out a performance with fantastic effort, passion and grit. Our whole squad dug in.

Yes, we rode our luck at times with Collin making four world-class saves, coupled with some desperate defending.

This spirit was optimised by the fantastic O’Hare whose energy levels seem to drive us on, and we scored two goals. The fact that the winner was in the last minute made things sweeter.

David MacLachlan

Jones receiving his marching orders on the stroke of half-time was the moment I thought our season was over. Except, it wasn’t quite.

This is Carlisle United, toying with my emotions again. Scoring early didn’t prevent Bury from dominating the game and they moved the ball around with confidence.

In contrast, our passing was rushed and our defenders panic stricken. It came as no surprise when Bury scored twice before the break.

O’Hare’s early strike in the second half seemed to settle us down again. Collin’s fine form and Hope’s late winner means all is not yet lost.

Bruce Vander

Amazing, brilliant, indomitable. The magnificent 10 repulsed the accomplished and skilful Bury with a will and desire that has been missing at times in recent matches.

Collin was imperious, saving as many with his neat footwork as with his hands. Tom Parkes, his energy spent, gasping for oxygen, continually found more.

Kelvin Etuhu, entering play at half-time, was a rock that United tethered their faint hopes to and whose presence allowed Devitt, O’Hare and Hope to spring forward on the counter.

Inevitably, fresh legs aided United’s fortunes, and Simpson’s retrieval of a lost ball to set-up United’s winner proving vital.

Michelle Hall

There was a feeling in the air before the Bury game that a win might just be possible.

Bury came prepared and you can see why they are pushing for promotion. Nicky Adams must have covered every blade of grass on the Brunton Park pitch. Carlisle showed a determination which has been missing for several weeks.

Even after Jones was sent off in dubious circumstances, Carlisle dug deep and, ultimately, got a deserved win.

Bury left Brunton Park having dropped out of the automatic promotion places - the Carlisle players left knowing they had done what they needed to and are now one point outside of the play-offs.