A second half brace from Jamille Matt sealed Fleetwood Town’s progress into the second round of the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy.
Evan Horwood’s left foot curler, after a Ryan Cresswell foul, nine minutes before the break was the one moment of magic in a first half bossed by the visitors, Tranmere taking a narrow lead into the break.
Town hit back within minutes of the restart, Matt taking advantage of a mix up between Owain Fon Williams and Ian Goodison to slot the ball into an empty net.
His second was a real beauty, the ball chipped over Ash Taylor, a burst of pace taking the Town man beyond Goodison, his shot sailing past Fon Williams.
Tranmere pushed forwards in search of an equaliser but Town stood firm, their fightback just the tonic after Saturday’s capitulation at Wimbledon.