The Rovers defender powerfully headed Jemal Johnson’s cross into his own net at the near post to give the visitors a deserved win.
Aaron Wilbraham headed in a 13th-minute corner from Peter Leven to put Dons in front, but Jo Kuffour equalised within a minute, beating Willy Gueret with a dipping volley from 25 yards.
Dons defender Miguel Angel Llera was sent off for a second booking after 36 minutes, but his impressive team-mates still produced some stylish football.
Kuffour was always the main threat for Rovers as 18-goal hot-shot Rickie Lambert had an off day.
Llera was cautioned first for an aerial challenge on Craig Disley 10 minutes in and then dismissed for a late challenge on Kuffour.