A sweetly struck Antoni Sarcevic free kick fired Fleetwood Town into League One.
The midfield ace swung the ball home from 30 yards to seal a sixth promotion in 10 years for the club.
His goal, 15 minutes from time, was the difference between the two sides on a tense afternoon at Wembley.
Town bossed the opening half of their play-off final at Wembley but couldn’t find a way past Brewers keeper Dean Lyness.
Two saves in the first three minutes from the Burton stopped denied David Ball and Mark Roberts as Fleetwood pressed from the off.
There were penalty claims, as Ball and Matty Blair tumbled within seconds of each other.
There was goal mouth drama, as Town found a repeated outlet in the relentless running of Ball.
But there was no way through, those early chances the best Fleetwood could muster, Burton giving up nothing in a winner-takes-all encounter.
Ball came close within a minute of the restart before Burton gradually battled back.
Billy Kee had an extraordinary chance to score when he found himself on the end of a long ball into the Fleetwood box, firing over from close range.
But it was Sarcevic who sealed the win, Fleetwood seeing out a nervous last 15 minutes to ensure they will play League One football next season.