Premiership new boys Ballinamallard United have been knocked off the top of the table after losing to Crusaders for the second time this season.
Former Carrick Rangers winger Paul Heatley scored both goals in the second half at Ferney Park.
Heatley drilled a fine low left-foot shot past keeper Alvin Rouse in the 69th minute after Gary McCutcheon's neat chip over a defender.
Three minutes later Heatley made it 2-0 with a superb dipping volley.
The result means Ballinamallard's spell at the top of the Premiership lasted just one week, with Cliftonville regaining top spot by beating Dungannon Swifts 4-1.
"It was a real, tough battle," said two-goal hero Heatley.
"The win was hard-earned but I felt we deserved it and it was important to close the gap between us and Ballinamallard.
"We had a poor run of results but I always felt things would turn for us eventually.
"We are working hard and are looking to challenge for everything."