RYAN Lowe has told Bury fans they have a big part to play as he aims to mastermind a League One rescue mission.

The Shakers were 12 points from safety when Chris Lucketti was sacked last month but Tuesday night’s 2-1 win against Wimbledon cut the gap to nine.

Bury have now taken seven points from nine since Lowe was put back in charge and they produced their best first half of the season in midweek.

Lowe’s side attacked from the outset and the home crowd roared their approval as the Shakers boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation.

“The fans have been brilliant, but we’ve got another 16 games to go so they’ve got to keep it up,” said Lowe. “The fans know now what the players are going to give them. The players have brought back a bit of energy, pride and passion that we were lacking earlier in the season.

“We’ve installed it into them that if they don’t give all those things they won’t play. They’re giving it and the fans are seeing it. They’ll be with us all the way and we’ll be with them.”

George Miller, in particular, has re-established himself as a fans’ favourite after returning on loan from Middlesbrough.

The youth product opened the scoring with his third goal in three games since rejoining the club and the fans chanted “he’s one of our own” as the 20-year-old striker was brought off.

“That’s why we brought George back, he epitomises what I’m about,” Lowe added. “He’s a winner, he’s a leader, he scores goals and he wants what’s best for this club.

“There was no hesitation in bringing him back and that’s paying off. The fans love him – and they’re loving all the other players too. You can see a real togetherness now, the lads know it’s not about individuals.

“They’ve given me a selection headache but it’s a good headache to have. We want the games to keep coming.”

Bury visit sixth-placed Bradford on Saturday before hosting Southend on Tuesday, two sides in transition, having both sacked their manager in the last few weeks.