Josh Hare’s second-half strike proved the difference as The Spitfires beat Gateshead at the International Stadium 1-0 and made it three straight wins in the league.
Eastleigh had the first sightings of goal in the game and Gateshead goalkeeper Aynsley Pears was called into action twice in the opening 20 minutes, first blocking Chris Zebroski’s shot, and then denying Cavanagh Miley’s header.
Gateshead piled on the pressure but it was Eastleigh who took the lead thanks to Hare’s low driven strike from distance which went in off the left-hand post after the 77th minute.
Eastleigh held onto the lead for their third consecutive win, while Gateshead dropped outside of the play-off places to ninth.
Andy Hessenthaler’s men now take on Braintree away on Saturday