No slack by Flack; Exeter 2 Hartlepool 0.
Exeter dominated the first-half but they squandered chance after chance.
The impressive Steve Flack caused problems for the visitors and the striker could have given Exeter the lead.
But his powerful header fell straight into the arms of keeper Stephen Pears.
But despite their domination, Exeter could not find the net and the sides went in level at half-time.
Within 10 minutes of the restart, City took a deserved lead. Glenn Davies was alleged to have fouled Flack inside the box - and was sent off for the challenge.
Darren Rowbotham took the penalty on his Exeter debut and scrambled the ball home after his spot-kick had been brilliantly saved by Pears.
Exeter continued to dominate the game and it came as no surprise when Chris Myers fired home a brilliant 30-yard drive in the dying minutes to secure the points.