TOWN scored two late goals to seal an excellent win at Turf Moor after a string of fine saves by Phil Senior had kept them in the game.
John Dungworth's side took a two-goal lead inside the first 12 minutes through Matty Young and John McAliskey, only to be pegged back by a double from on-loan Manchester United striker Luke Chadwick before half-time.
Senior, who had been guilty of racing from his line too early for the first goal, then made amends with a list of top-drawer stops before Paul Scott (76 minutes) and Young, five minutes later, sealed the Pontin's League Premier Division points.
That had seemed a formality in the early stages as Town - with Scottish trialist Adam Nelson (from Blackburn) pinging some nice passes - took control against Ronnie Jepson's charges.
Watched by boss Peter Jackson and midfielder Adnan Ahmed - a Burnley resident who underwent a double hernia operation only 24 hours earlier - Town went ahead on nine minutes when McAliskey headed Rob Edwards' corner against the underside of the bar, John McCombe's follow-up was blocked and Young added the finishing touch from the six-yard line with Town's Manchester United trialist Lee Simms in close attendance.
Young was involved in the build-up to an excellent second, making a right-flank break and supplying a terrific low cross for McAliskey to slide in and score at the near post.
It was the sort of finishing which makes the teenager favourite to replace Andy Booth and Pawel Abbott against Scunthorpe, but Town switched off after that to allow Chadwick a breakaway strike on 16 minutes and another after 34, when Alan Moore threaded a pass through to Matthew Shaw.
McAliskey and Nelson were involved in some dangerous attacks as Town tried to re-assert their superiority, but Burnley made a flying start after the break.
Chadwick was unlucky not to score with a flick past a post, then Senior, who made two fine saves to deny Shaw on the break in the first half, was stretched to the limit.
First, he blocked well when a slip by Aaron Hardy left Alex Taylor in the clear and then, after 68 minutes, he made a brilliant double block from the same player after Chadwick had teed up a golden opportunity.
Taylor, looking well offside, found Senior his equal three minutes later with a brave grab from the striker's studs and the Town goalkeeper hadn't finished, blocking smartly from Alan Moore after blocks by Ian Hughes and Scott in a crowded box.
Burnley's frustration was complete when, from an Edwards free-kick, Nathan Abbey's defence failed to clear and Scott showed commendable determination to force the ball home.
The clinching goal was created by Tyrone Thompson, who outpaced Joel Pilkington from 15 yards inside his own half before squaring the ball to Young, who finished clinically with a low right-foot drive.
Town: Senior, Hardy, Edwards, McCombe (Thompson, HT), Scott, Hughes, Simms, Mattis, McAliskey (Shaw, 65), Young (Collins, 84), Nelson. Subs not used: Giles, Hand.