ALAN Knill hailed his side’s desire for victory after a dramatic comeback at the Recreation Ground.

Bury twice trailed but two goals in as many minutes in the closing stages saw Knill’s team steal a dramatic win. It was their fifth on the road this season and the Shakers are now just a point shy of the play-off spots.

“We came back twice, at a place where not many teams win,” said Knill. “It was fantastic from the players — the desire not to lose and then take the three points.”

It was also sweet revenge for Bury, who were leading 3-0 here last season only to come away with just a draw.

It might have been 3-3 again, had Bury keeper Wayne Brown not made a superb save at the death from Dave Winfield’s point-blank header.

Bury were grateful to Brown throughout the game, thanks to a string of fine saves, especially in the first half.

Winfield had given The Shots, playing under caretaker manager Jason Dodd for the first time, an early lead, before Brown denied Marvin Morgan, Louie Soares and Antonio German.

In between, Brown briefly blotted his copybook when he tripped Morgan in the area — but he got up to save the striker’s weak 29th-minute spotkick.

“Brownie has won us the game,” said Knill. “He would be the first to say that he has had a slight wobble recently but he is a top keeper at this level.”

That penalty save was the game’s turning point. Ten minutes later, Brian Barry-Murphy curled in a freekick, with the aid of a deflection and the post, to draw Bury level, after Tom Elliott had been fouled.

Bury were far more compact after the break, even if Soares restored Aldershot’s lead, on 71 minutes.

But back came the Shakers. First Stephen Dawson turned in Ryan Lowe’s cross and then Efe Sodje’s towering header, from Barry-Murphy’s corner, found the top corner.

“We are picking things up,” said Sodje afterwards. “But we’ve just got to take things stage by stage.”

His manager said there is far more to come from the side: “We never came out in the first half,” said Knill. “It looked terrible but we did better in the second half and showed the right desire — but we can be far better than that, too.”

Bury: Brown 8, Buchanan 6, Newey 7, Cresswell 6, Sodje 7, Jones 6 (Racchi 75, 7), Dawson 7, Barry-Murphy 8, Elliott 6, Lowe 7 (Scott 90), Worrall 7.

Subs not used: Harrop, Belford, Baker, Futcher.

Attendance: 3,196