Brechin City scored in each half to secure a victory that leaves East Fife only a point clear of bottom spot and relegation from League One.
Andy Jackson's header was ruled to have crossed the line as the City striker grabbed his 14th goal of the season after 20 minutes.
Alan Trouten doubled Brechin's advantage with a low right-footed strike two minutes from time.
Pat Clarke's close-range finish in injury time pulled one back.
However, it came too late to prevent a third straight defeat for the Fifers, although they remain second bottom after Arbroath's home defeat by Dunfermline Athletic.
East Fife are away to promotion hopefuls Ayr United in their final game, while the Red Lichties visit in-form Airdrieonians.
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