Kyle's Side Beat FleetwoodA Sam Roscoe header sealed the three points for Blackpool when they faced Lancashire-rivals Fleetwood Town at Squires Gate on Saturday.
Miles Boney had earlier saved a Fleetwood penalty before the towering defender headed home from a pin-point James Doyle corner in the 82nd minute to record a deserved win for The Seasiders', their first in 2015.
The first-half was a scrappy affair, with both sides struggling to create clear-cut chances, and it took until the 35th minute for the first opening, Joe Moulden heading over from close-range.
Doyle nearly opened the scoring himself five minutes from the end of the half, but he saw his first effort flash wide of the post before forcing the keeper into a good save to keep the scores level.
The Cod Army started the second half brighter, Boney was forced into a save from McKenzie. That spurred Blackpool on, Elliot Pond trying to force the issue with a couple of efforts, and on the hour mark he was left one-on-one with the goalkeeper but he fired straight at Johnstone in Fleetwood's net.
Kit Gregory was introduced for the final 20 minutes, and the substitute nearly paid immediate dividends; great hold-up play from Pond, his lay-off found Gregory but he fired over from inside the box.
Having dominated for large parts of the game, Blackpool looked set to rue their missed chances as a clumsy challenge in the box resulted in a penalty for the visitors after 75 minutes. Boney guessed the right way to keep the scores level and set up a frantic finale.
Moments like that can inspire teams, and it certainly did for the hosts, Rhys Coogan dragging a shot just wide, Alieu Njie shot over and Pond hit the bar.
It was all Blackpool, and pretty soon they got what they deserved. Roscoe left unmarked in the box to head past Johnstone with five minutes to go. The result might have been greater when Steele was sent through but Johnstone saved. Njie also had another effort in the closing stages which was comfortable for the goalkeeper.
The win signals the end of a barren spell which saw The Seasiders without a win since late December, leaving Richie Kyle to breathe a huge sigh of relief on a day his side finally got their just desserts.
Blackpool side: Boney, Higham, Richards, Doyle, Roscoe, Moulden (c), Steele, Cato (Gregory 68), Pond, Rufus (Coogan 59), Njie