Fleetwood Town rode their luck to secure an ugly victory at Victoria Park.
Jeff Hughes bundled the ball over the line after Scott Flinders spilled Antoni Sacrevic’s shot to give Town the lead.
But Pools, without a league goal this season, threatened, James Poole and veteran Steve Howard both with chances to put the home side level.
Hughes and lone-striker David Ball both had opportunities to stretch the visitors’ advantage but neither could find the target.
Sarcevic came close in the second half after Pools should have gone level, Scott Davies denying first Bradley Walker then Andy Monkhouse for the home side.