The Daggers continued their unbeaten March run in a 1-0 win against Oxford.
A home win at last. And if it took a bizarre own goal to achieve it, who cares.
The Daggers worked hard for their first home success in nine matches and deserved the overdue victory.
Their lucky break came in the last minute – just when the Daggers seemed to be heading for their second successive goalless draw in four days.
let fly a shot from the edge of the area that was blocked by an Oxford defender. The ball came out, hit Matt Bevans on the leg and looped back over keeper Ryan Clarke and into the net.
That was a huge relief to players and fans alike. For, despite all their efforts the Daggers had not looked like scoring.
Their overall performance was a big improvement on the disappointing 0-0 draw with Accrington Stanley in midweek.
But they still lacked a cutting edge and produced little to bother the Oxford keeper.
Their best chance fell to Luke Norris midway through the second half. He left a defender on his back side with a quick turn and found himself in front of goal just eight yards out.
But, incredibly, he blazed the ball over the bar to let Oxford off the hook and a golden opportunity was wasted.
vollied wide in the early stages and the Daggers forced the visitors to defend as they pressed forward.
The biggest threat from Oxford came when they introduced James Constable as a second half sub.
He forced Chris Lewington
to save with an outstretched leg with one effort and flashed a shot on the turn just wide with another.
That was the only danger the Daggers were in. Then Lady Luck stepped in to produce that late winner and the long, depressing home run, was over.
Dagenham & Redbridge:
Lewington, Hoyte, Saah, Doe, Connors, Howell, Ogogo, Chambers, Norris (Dickson 81), Turgott (Azeez 69), Elito.
Seabright, Bingham, D’Ath, Shields, Gayle, Azeez.
1,893 (598 away)