There were a number of firsts for the Revolution on Saturday in their 2-1 win over FC Toronto at BMO Field.
Rookie Patrick Mullins scored his first career goal in the first half.
The Revolution recorded their first win at BMO Field in eight tries (1-2-5).
And sitting in first place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference is . . . the New England Revolution.
All in all, a productive day for the Revolution, who spotted Toronto a 1-0 lead six minutes in on Jackson’s first MLS tally before taking control and extending their unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1).
‘‘It’s really difficult when you start slow, and they capitalized on that scoring early,’’ Revolution coach Jay Heaps said after his club improved to 4-3-2 after losing its first two games of the season. ‘‘The first half was very open, it could have been 2-2 and I thought that the team fought hard and found a way to win as we didn’t play our best, so that is always nice.’’
Toronto defender Doneil Henry made two mistakes that led to both Revolution goals.
Henry was charged with a hand ball in the penalty area in the 82d minute. Lee Nguyen picked up his fourth goal of the season on the penalty kick for the winner.
Henry’s turnover in the 24th minute led to Mullins’s goal. Daigo Kobayashi capitalized and sent a through ball for rookie Mullins, whose left-footed strike beat diving goalkeeper Julio Cesar to tie the game, 1-1.
‘‘The most important thing is that we got the three points, especially in a tough place to play on the road,’’ said Mullins, playing in his second game. ‘‘I think the big thing today was not me scoring or Lee scoring, it was a full team effort from start to finish and us getting the win.’’
Henry had an opportunity to redeem himself in the 84th minute as Michael Bradley sent in a cross off a set piece, but Henry’s header sailed just over the bar.
In the 86th minute, Gilberto put a header off a Mark Bloom cross off the goal post.
Toronto (3-4-0) opened the scoring in the sixth minute as Jackson’s strike deflected off Revolution defender A.J. Soares and got past keeper Bobby Shuttleworth (two saves). The goal was Jackson’s first in MLS.
Timbers 3, D.C. United 2 — Maximiliano Urruti scored four minutes into stoppage time to lift host Portland past United, giving the Timbers (1-3-5) their first win.
Real Salt Lake 3, Fire 2 — Joao Plata scored twice in the final 24 minutes, including the winner in stoppage time, to help Real Salt Lake (4-0-5) remain unbeaten with a win over host and winless Chicago (0-2-6).
Sounders 2, Union 1 — Chad Marshall headed in a corner kick from Marco Pappa in the 84th minute as host Seattle (6-2-1) won their MLS-leading fourth straight game, extended their unbeaten streak to five, and took the overall league lead with 19 points.
Whitecaps 3, Earthquakes 2 — Pedro Morales scored two goals a minute apart in the first half and host Vancouver edged San Jose.
Rapids 1, Galaxy 0 — Vincente Sanchez scored in the 20th minute, leading visiting Colorado over Los Angeles.
Dynamo 4, Chivas USA 1 — Giles Barnes scored a pair of goals and visiting Houston breezed past Chivas.
Sky Blue FC 1, Breakers 0 — Monica Ocampo scored in the 13th minute and Sky Blue (1-2-2) held on to beat Boston (1-3-0) in Piscataway, N.J., avenging a loss last week at Harvard Stadium.
Heather O’Reilly had two of the Breakers’ three shots on goal but they couldn’t get any past Brittany Cameron. Alyssa Naeher had four saves for the Breakers.