Shaquile Coulthirst’s goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time ended Barnet’s four-game winless run in the National League, giving them a 2-1 success away at Eastleigh.

It looked to be heading for a fourth straight draw for the Bees when Jack McKnight cancelled out Jack Taylor’s opener for the visitors, but Coulthirst pounced on an error by Max Stryjek late on to steal all three points.

Barnet started on the front foot and put together the game’s first good move after five minutes when Taylor’s cross just evaded Simeon Akinola, and Stryjek was forced into a good save when he tipped away Callum Reynolds’ strike from an Ephron Mason-Clarke lay-off.

Five minutes after that effort, Barnet’s positive start was rewarded when Taylor received the ball and bent a superb effort into the top corner to hand the Bees the lead.

Akinola almost made it two shortly after when he shot from the edge of the box, but the effort went just wide of the target.

The story was much the same in the second half, with Barnet doing all of the pressing and looking more likely to grab the next goal.

On the hour mark, Akinola did well to meet another Taylor cross but headed straight at the keeper, and he was Eastleigh’s saviour again when Josh Walker got away from the defence and fired an effort which was stopped at point blank range.

Those saved proved to be vital for the hosts because, 10 minutes later, they levelled the game when the ball broke to McKnight on the edge of the box, and he beat Scott Loach to make it 1-1.

Dan Sparkes almost restored Barnet’s lead with a terrific curling free-kick which went just wide of the upright, and the Bees were handed another advantage when Eastleigh were reduced to 10 men via Sam Smart’s second booking.

It proved to be a pivotal moment in the game as, after plenty of knocking throughout the closing stages, Barnet finally found the net to take all three points. A long ball into the area was dropped by Stryjek, and Sparkes played the loose ball across for Coulthirst to tap home.

After the cancellation of their fixtures against Aldershot Town on Tuesday and AFC Fylde this Saturday, the Bees now have a short break until they take on Maidenhead United at The Hive on Saturday, September 14.