The Columbus Crew have little margin for error if they want to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff race after a pair of recent losses, and on Wednesday night they needed almost every one of the 90 minutes to register a sorely-needed victory.
Second-half substitute Justin Meram converted a Jairo Arrieta pass into a game-winning goal in the 89th minute to help lift the Crew to a 1-0 victory at Crew Stadium.
Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum was the star on the night, posting the shutout and saving the three points with a crucial late save on an Oswaldo Minda chance in stoppage time.
The victory moved the Crew back into playoff position, jumping them a point ahead of D.C. United for the fifth and final playoff spot in the East.
Columbus will face a much tougher test on Saturday when they take on the streaking Chicago Fire.
Here are the match highlights:
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