Ten-man Annan held on for a morale-boosting 2-1 win at home to Montrose to remain top of the Third Division.
The Galabankies went into the game on the back of two successive league defeats, with manager Harry Cairney urging his side to get their title challenge back on track.
And he would have been delighted to see Sean O'Connor give Annan the lead with a low drive into the bottom corner of the net after 33 minutes.
O'Connor doubled their advantage two minutes later when he rifled the ball home from the edge of the area.
Montrose were given a lifeline when Aaron Muirhead was shown a straight red for a foul on Martin Boyle in the penalty box.
Jamie winter smashed the ball home to set up a nervy finish, but the home side held on.
Annan Athletic: Alex Mitchell, Muirhead, Gibson, Peter Watson, McGowan, Sloan, Steele, Danny Mitchell, Cox (Gilfillan 85), Harty, O'Connor (McKechnie 69).Subs Not Used: Summersgill, MacBeth, Jordan Atkinson.
Sent Off: Muirhead (53).
Booked: Steele, Peter Watson, McGowan.
Goals: O'Connor 33, 35.
Montrose: Wood, Lunan, Crighton (Pierce 87), Smart, Douglas Cameron, Masson, McNalley, Winter, Young (McPhee 76), Boyle, Johnston.Subs Not Used: Andrews, Crawford, McGowan.
Booked: Douglas Cameron, Masson, Boyle.
Goals: Winter 54 pen.
Ref: Greg Aitken