Ayr United moved three points above opponents Stranraer with a narrow win at Stair Park.
The hosts, who remain second bottom, came close through Craig Malcolm's early volley and Kyle McAusland headed straight at David Mitchell at the other end.
David Winters struck the opener seven minutes before the interval with a low drive.
The second half was a scrappy affair and neither side offered much of a goal threat as the visitors saw out victory.
Stranraer: Mitchell, Lloyd Kinnaird, McKeown, Dunlop, MacGregor, Winter, Gallagher, Aitken, Borris (Agnew 68), Moore (Love 57), Malcolm. Subs Not Used: Cadwell, Staunton, Phinn.
Ayr: Brown, John Robertson, Brownlie, McCann, Twaddle, McAusland, Crawford (Ross Robertson 90), Sinclair, Donald, Moffat, Winters (McStay 81). Subs Not Used: William Muir, Shankland, Marenghi.
Goals: Winters 38.
Ref: Bobby Madden