Eastleigh put a dent in Hartlepool’s promotion bid and boosted their own National League play-off hopes with victory at Silverlake Stadium.
Ben House gave Eastleigh a first-minute lead after deceiving Pools keeper Ben Killip from a long ball upfield.
Joe McDonnell saved well from Gavan Holohan at the other end, but House’s strike partner Tyrone Barnett rose highest to head in Jack Payne’s cross in the 27th minute and make it 2-0 at the break.
After Barnett volleyed against a post, Pools’ Holohan twice went close before Joe Grey pulled one back in the 90th minute, but that was all the visitors could muster.
The Spitfires are currently top of the form table and take on Stockport this Saturday as they look to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.