The Preston North End loanee has been working his way towards match fitness having played little football over the last two years, his last PNE appearance coming as a second-half sub in the 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest in December 2016.
Having made four substitute appearances in League Two and played 90 minutes in one Checkatrade Trophy game, the 29-year-old was in from the off in the 1-0 defeat at Cambridge on Saturday.
Pringle, who moved to Blundell Park on deadline day in August, played 64 minutes before being taken off.
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Former PNE stalwart and now Mariners skipper John Welsh missed the game with a calf injury.
Elsewhere in League Two, Kevin O’Connor was an unused sub for Crewe in their 2-0 defeat at Northampton Town, as was young goalkeeper Mathew Hudson as Bury won 4-1 at Macclesfield.
Up in Scotland, Andy Boyle was stretchered off in stoppage time as Premiership bottom side Dundee went down 1-0 at Motherwell.