Gulls soar above Crawley
Torquay leapt above Crawley to strengthen their promotion challenge as Eunan O'Kane bagged the only goal at the Broadfield Stadium.
The Irish midfielder sealed the Gulls' eighth win in 10 games when he drilled home a low shot from close range following a cross by Rene Howe 11 minutes from time.
Torquay goalkeeper Robert Olejnik came to his side's rescue after only 10 seconds when he blocked a goalbound shot from former Blackpool striker Billy Clarke.
Striker Ryan Jarvis, on loan from Walsall, was introduced for his Torquay debut with just 23 minutes gone after Danny Stevens fell awkwardly and was stretchered off with a leg injury.
Crawley striker John Akinde was off target with a header at the far post following a Clarke free-kick 10 minutes before the interval.
Town, now without a win in their last four league games, struggled to create many clear-cut openings, substitute Josh Simpson firing wide soon after the break before Akinde rifled a low drive into the side-netting.
Olejnik dived to his left to parry a goalbound drive from Clarke, who later shot wide when well placed.