Ian Holloway was full of praise for two-goal striker Kevin Phillips as Blackpool reignited their Championship play-off bid against 10-man Brighton.
Joe Mattock headed the visitors into an early lead but centre-back Ian Evatt joined the Seasiders' attack in the 37th minute to level matters.
In a frantic period before half-time Pool went ahead as veteran striker Phillips demonstrated his poacher's instincts.
And after Gonzalo Jara Reyes was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Keith Southern, the striker bagged his 15th goal this term with 10 minutes remaining to secure the win.
"I am glad Kevin Phillips chose to come here because he is a master of his trade," Holloway said.
"His technique at striking a ball is absolutely faultless and I believe the younger players at the club are gaining from having someone like that here.
"The next few games are vital, they will shape our season.
"Brighton are playing lovely football, were unbeaten this year and before we knew it we were a goal down and deservedly so.
"We were good enough to claw ourselves back into the game and then dominate the rest of the first half.
"The interval came at the wrong time for us because we had the momentum and we needed to keep that going.
"The sending off has changed the game though, but I honestly believe the player tried to win the ball and shouldn't have been more than a yellow."
The win lifts Blackpool back into the top six at the expense of Brighton, who are a point behind Middlesbrough in sixth after their first league defeat of 2012.
And Albion manager Gus Poyet said: "From our point of view we didn't deserve anything from the game. There were too many things we didn't do well.
"We underperformed and had a bad game but it was our first in two months so you have to be realistic and I hope we can bounce back on Tuesday.
"It is a bonus for us to be in the position we are in and other teams around us have lost points today too.
"I could sense that an equaliser was coming and needed to take a timeout with my players.
"But you don't get that luxury in football and sometimes it is up to them to realise what they need to do themselves.
"I didn't think the tackle that led to the red card was too bad, but with the pressure from the Blackpool fans I wasn't surprised to see Jara sent off.
"I think successive promotions will probably be too much to ask from us, but I want to have a nice end to the season and build on what we achieve next year.