Reggie Lambe and his Carlisle United teammates were in Luton for their second away game of the week on Tuesday evening.
United made three changes for the long trip into the Bedfordshire with Tom Miller, Tom Parkes and Shaun Miller getting the nod to replace James Brown, Kelvin Etuhu and Richie Bennett.
The Blues started well with some good passing from back to front which brought a flick from Miller as he got up to meet a ball forward from Lambe, but the Luton goalkeeper was off his line quickly to gather it up.
Carlisle came again when Miller rolled his man on the half way line. He fed Lambe on the overlap and the cross from the wide man had Hope interested. He threw himself at it on the dive, but his header was too close to the keeper.
Luton got forward with purpose on 19 minutes as they flooded the box with options left and right. Gary Liddle executed an excellent first block, but the hosts came again and Shinnie had time to pick his spot as he bent a lovely effort into the far corner.
Carlisle United were given a mountain to climb when Sheehan floated a 30-yard free kick delivery towards the six-yard box. Dan Potts timed his run too perfectly to clip a header past Bonham and into the bottom corner.
Lambe and Jones had shots blocked when Carlisle attacked from the restart and Tom Miller was disappointed when he sent a follow-up volley high over the target. There was more good Carlisle pressure when a fierce shot from Jones was blocked. Joyce was there to play Hope into space and he spun quickly to help the ball on its way. Stech stopped it but he had to recover quickly as Shaun Miller tried to finish off the loose pieces.
The Carlisle goal was threatened ten minutes into the second half when Mpanzu found himself with the ball at his feet from a deflected Shinnie pass. He put everything into his volley but Hill did enough to get his body way at the vital moment.
United had half a shout for a penalty when a shot from Miller went into the air on the spin. Lambe appeared to be held back as he tried to get on the end of it, but the officials showed absolutely no interest at all.
Jones started to shoot on sight and he won his header a corner when another effort took a touch and bent over the bar. Carlisle started to play some good football and Joyce and Liddle combined to put Lambe through with Luton looking uncomfortable. Another corner was flicked goalwards by Joyce but it somehow stayed out with Stech well beaten.
The home side were then given a penalty when Hylton went down under pressure from Hill, but Bonham went the right way and made an excellent save to deny the same man from the spot.
Bennett dragged a shot on the spin wide as the clock ticked down, and both Shaun Miller and Hope scuffed difficult volleys, but the points were destined to stay in Bedfordshire as Luton saw the game out to strengthen their promotion credentials.