The Reds roared back from the loss of an Henri Lansbury own goal to more than match their high-flying hosts.
Just as it looked as though their efforts would go unrewarded, Britt Assombalonga netted an equaliser before Ben Osborn sparked wild scenes in the away end with a stoppage time winner.
Criticism of Pearce from former Manchester City player Danny Mills had made the headlines on Saturday morning but no-one could find fault with his tactics, motivational skills or coaching ability on this particular day!
Match Reaction: Quoted on the official NFFC website, Pearce said: "I’ve got to give credit to the players.
"To a man they were outstanding and worked tirelessly. I think that’s been coming. Hopefully it’s a catalyst to push us on for the rest of the season."