Alan Adamson has been appointed Dumbarton manager on a permanent basis after nearly six months as caretaker.
Adamson took charge in October when Jim Chapman accepted a director of football role with his side struggling at the foot of Division Two.
But the former assistant has led the Sons seven points clear of the relegation play-off spot.
Chief executive Gilbert Lawrie told his club website: "We are delighted to confirm Alan as manager."
Dumbarton on Saturday hammered bottom side Peterhead 5-2 and Adamson has now been told he can start building for the next campaign.
"He is the unanimous choice of the board to take the club into the next season," said Lawrie.
Adamson, who arrived with Chapman from Albion Rovers in December 2007, was delighted to be offered the job.
"I'm pleased to be officially appointed and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead," he added.
"The current season is not yet finished and there is still a bit to do to secure our safety in Division Two and this is our immediate priority."
Adamson's side travel to Excelsior Stadium on Saturday to face an Airdrie United side whose own revival ended on Saturday with a defeat away to Alloa Athletic.