Jim Weir’s side were replaced by East Fife at the summit last weekend when they crashed 3-1 at Montrose but they responded in positive fashion thanks to a penalty by Craig Gunn and a 25-yard strike three minutes from full-time by Brian Cameron.
Weir said: “We had asked the players to respond appropriately to the defeat last weekend and they did that. We had to be patient to make the breakthrough and even then we could not relax as East Stirling kept on pushing.
“The second goal came at a good time and it was good to learn after the final whistle that the win was good enough to send us back to the top.”
Shire coach John Allison said: “It was a soft penalty and of course the defeat hurts all the more as Berwick have won. Every game we have now is going to be massive.”
East Fife slipped to a 3-0 defeat at Queen’s Park in a game that was closer than the scoreline would suggest. The Hampden side went ahead via a John Carter strike on 55 minutes before Paul Woods side-footed home and Chris Duggan capitalised on a mistake by Jonathan Page to cheekily send a shot through Liam Kelly’s legs.
Clyde picked up their third success in a row as they beat Arbroath 1-0 at Gayfield thanks to an own goal by Craig Wilson.
Annan Athletic blew a two-goal lead at home for the second game running as they allowed Stirling Albion to sneak back into things and return to Forthbank with a point. Goals by Lewis Guy and Josh Todd had the Galabank men ahead, before Lewis McLear pulled a goal back and Sean Dickson levelled from the penalty spot.
Berwick Rangers moved five points clear of Shire at the foot of the table thanks to a 1-0 win over Montrose at Shielfield, Blair Henderson grabbing the goal.