Johnson's eighth goal of the season came on the 70-minute mark, after Craig Clay squared the ball back across the face of goal for Johnson to slot home and secure the O's their first win since the opening day of the season.
Ross Embleton’s side were the dominant team and deserved to win a tame encounter at Prenton Park. Tranmere barely got a look in in the first half as Orient had the better chances. Josh Coulson and Jobi McAnuff both put there efforts wide on the 20-minute mark.
Tranmere’s best chance would come soon after as Kaiyne Woolery’s attempt would trickle past the post of Orient keeper, Vigouroux.
The O’s would continue to have the better chances going into the second half, Johnson found himself in a position where he could seemingly not miss but blazed over after good work from Ouss Cisse left the striker a clear sight of goal just five yards out.
The breakthrough did eventually come, and Clays good work left Johnson with an easy finish.
It's an important win for Orient, and they held out well to secure the three points which pushes them up to 15th in the table.
“I'm so pleased for the boys!"
Embelton was happy his players following a disappointing result against Walsall last week. “I'm so pleased for the boys because we were all very low and disappointed last week. We were disappointed that we were beaten in a way that doesn’t reflect how we go about our business”.
Speaking about Connor Wilkinson, who was dropped for this game but came on at the 68 minute mark, Embelton said, “At the back end of last week’s game he looked a bit leggy but I’m pleased he’s come on and influenced the game in the way that he did”
Captain Jobi Macanuff, was key in his sides win and his importance doesn’t go unnoticed with the Orient manager. “Its important Jobi is out there, whether that’s for the full 90 like today or whether its coming on late in games, he has an impact on our team. He brings a calming influence and maturity.”