ARGYLE returned to Home Park after two fine successive away victories, showing no changes to the starting 11 that had picked up six points at Scunthorpe and Carlisle.
Young striker Luke Jephcott, with four goals to his name in those two games since being recalled from a loan spell at Truro City, continued to lead the attack alongside Byron Moore.
New loan signing from Blackpool Ryan Hardie, who marked his debut at Carlisle by scoring just four minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute, again began the game on the bench.
Alongside him was Josh Grant, who has rejoined the Pilgrims on a second loan spell from Chelsea until the end of the season.
The Home Park crowd also had the first opportunity to see another loan signing, midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson, who was making his home debut after joining from Bristol City for the rest of the campaign.
Mansfield, managed by ex-Pilgrim centre-back Graham Coughlan, included former Pilgrim Alex McDonald in their line-up. The midfielder scored six goals in 35 appearances across two loan spells in 2012.
Argyle (3-5-2): 24 Alex Palmer; 5 Scott Wootton, 6 Niall Canavan, 3 Gary Sawyer (capt); 8 Joe Edwards, 7 Antoni Sarcevic, 14 Tyreeq Bakinson, 10 Danny Mayor, 32 George Cooper; 17 Byron Moore, 31 Luke Jephcott. Substitutes: 1 Mike Cooper (gk), 2 Joe Riley, 15 Conor Grant, 16 Joel Grant, 18 Ryan Hardie, 20 Adam Randell, 25 Josh Grant.
Mansfield Town (5-3-2): 12 Bobby Olejnik; 2 Hayden White, 4 Matt Preston, 5 Krystian Pearce (capt), 17 Ryan Sweeney, 3 Mal Benning; 7 Alex MacDonald, 6 Neal Bishop, 22 CJ Hamilton; 32 Danny Rose, 11 Nicky Maynard. Substitutes (not used): 9 Craig Davies, 10 Otis Khan, 19 Andy Cook, 21 James Clark, 22 Harry Charsley, 30 Alistair Smith, 31 Aidan Stone (gk).