George Moncur's dramatic late goal helped Colchester win 1-0 to stay in League and deny Preston automatic promotion.
Moncur fired home from Chris Porter's pass with eight minutes remaining to keep the U's up on a dramatic afternoon at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Richard Brindley's long-range effort was pushed around his near post by Preston goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
And at the other end, Colchester keeper Sam Walker had to be alert to deny both John Welsh and Chris Humphrey.
The hosts had a great...