Rob Roy got back to winning ways on Saturday after battling to a tense league win over a never-say-die Glenafton side at Adamslie Park.
A single first half goal was all that separated the sides, although a dominant first half from Rabs should have seen them ease to a comfortable win.
It was a welcome result for gaffer Stewart Maxwell a week after a last-minute goal saw his team crash out of the Scottish Cup.
Maxwell told the Herald: “The first 45 minutes was as well as we have played all season.
“Glenafton are a decent footballing side but they couldn’t live with us.
“In the second half they played well but we dug in and defended our lead.
“The goalie had two excellent saves and the defence played well throughout.
“I was almost happier to scrap our way to a win rather than scoring three or four because it’ll give the boys confidence in similar games.”
Rabs take on Hurlford on Saturday knowing that a win could take them as high as third in the league, although Maxwell’s mind is still ultimately on survival.
He said: “I think 27 points will be enough to keep us up so if we can get four points out of our next three games it’ll put us in good shape.”
Rob Roy take on Hurlford at Blair Park on Saturday. Kick-off is at 1.45pm.