The Blue Brazil’s success at the Doubletree Dunblane Stadium was secured through Lewis Coult’s early header and Mark McKenzie’s goal in the last two minutes. Goalkeeper Thomas Flynn played his part too with a penalty stop from Scott Davidson.
Manager Colin Cameron said: “We said at the start of the season that winning promotion was the aim, however things have moved on and we want to win the title as well. We can win it at home against Forfar next weekend and it would be great to do that for our own fans.
Forfar, who remain in relegation trouble, will travel to Central Park next week boosted by their 1-0 win at second-placed Arbroath. Greg Ross scored the only goal to all but kill off Gayfield championship hopes.
There are now four clubs separated by only four points, for the two remaining play-off places. Third-placed Dumbarton went down 2-0 to Stenhousemuir with Brown Ferguson’s penalty and Andy Rodgers’ goal sealing the win.
Airdrie now sit in fourth after defeating Brechin 4-1. Derek Holmes hit a double with Ryan Donnelly and Paul Lovering also netting for the Diamonds.
East Fife, meanwhile, dropped to sixth after losing 2-1 to Albion Rovers. Scott Chaplain and John Gemmell had the Coatbridge men two up by half time and they managed to hold on despite David Muir’s late consolation and Jack Werndley’s even later dismissal.