Harry McKirdy was the hero for Steven Pressley's side as his late goal earned Carlisle United a much-needed win at Stevenage in a 3-2 success.

The recalled forward saw his deflected effort find the net in the 83rd minute as the Blues grabbed the points against winless Stevenage.

It was McKirdy's second of a high-scoring game.

Kurtis Guthrie gave the home team the lead before McKirdy rifled United level.

After the break, Nathan Thomas put the Blues in front, but Guthrie equalised a minute later.

McKirdy, though, had the final say as the Cumbrians made it back-to-back away wins and moved up to 15th in League Two.

Tomorrow, United are in action at Brunton Park, hosting third-placed Forest Green.

Here's what our Blues views thought of Saturday's performance from Carlisle.

Ste Anderson

A hugely needed result and a massive relief all round. The team still has its issues, highlighted by conceding two goals again but, hopefully, this win can kick-start our season.

We’ve got to credit the manager, Pressley, who finally tried a different formation and, although I thought we really struggled initially, we did come into it.

I’d anticipated an edgy scrappy affair, but this was a completely open game and we do look dangerous going forward.

McKirdy gets the plaudits, phenomenal again, and new signing Gethin Jones impressed, with Mo Sagaf also impressing after coming off the bench.

Graham Watt

Well, that was a much-needed win. Anything less would have left us in huge trouble.

McKirdy has really proved how valuable he is going to be this season. We still have a lot of work to do and have to stop giving away silly goals.

We need to win a game 1-0 which I can’t see happening, as we always look like conceding the odd silly goal, though.

Two very hard games are coming up for the Blues this week but, for some reason, I’m feeling confident.

It’s amazing what a win can do and, hopefully, the players feel that too. If we can pick six points up, things will be a whole lot brighter.

Craig Mattinson

This was certainly three points we desperately needed.

But, for the first 30 minutes, we looked disjointed and off the pace, too many basic mistakes putting us under pressure and, inevitably, they led to us falling behind.

This was the cue for man-of-the-match, McKirdy, to step forward.

A superbly-taken equaliser saw us level the scores, add to this an assist plus a deflected third goal, and he had won us the points.

Despite this, we need to learn from the mistakes that cost us. Playing out from the back is dangerous and is leading to goal after goal for the opposition.

David MacLachlan

This game summed up the standard of football we fans have to endure most of the time in League Two.

Ninety minutes of gross incompetence, peppered with the odd moment of inspiration. The old frailties are still evident but, in McKirdy and Thomas, we have genuine match-winners.

A stronger midfield could get these two on the ball more often than is currently the case. Perhaps, the return of Kelvin Etuhu could make the difference.

This was a much-needed win, but it’s essential we gain some momentum and justify the manager’s faith with three points on home soil against Forest Green tomorrow night.

Bruce Vander

Another win, two wins from three. Has the tide turned? Well, not exactly.

Saturday’s game was a match up between two poor sides. Yes, United has something in its attacking locker, as McKirdy, in particular, tore open a Stevenage defence unable to cope with the long ball.

But, in fairness, there was little between the two sides.

The good news is that United’s defence was better with new boy Jones in it and, when United closed down Stevenage, the ball was almost always turned over.

So, lessons for tomorrow, close the opposition down, go long and, maybe, replace Jack Bridge with Sagaf.

Michelle Hall

Stevenage has never been a happy hunting ground for Carlisle United.

After the recent run of form there, there was palpable concern among the travelling fans. Were Stevenage about to pull United further into a relegation battle?

It wasn’t until the second half that Carlisle started to show glimpses of being the better side.

This victory will, hopefully, boost confidence within the team and some better results could follow.

League Two has always been a tight league. Carlisle now sit 15th and only four points adrift of the valuable play-off places.

The CUFC roller-coaster is back.