John Gemmell scored the only goal of the game on his return from injury as Stenhousemuir edged out Second Divison rivals Arbroath.
The striker, who took his tally to nine goals from 10 league games, had missed three months with an ankle injury.
And he popped up on the stroke of half-time with a thumping finish from the edge of the area.
Prior to that Stewart Kean had hit the post for the home side.
In the second half Stenny keeper Callum Reidford saved well from Steven Doris' volley, while Gemmell forced a stop from Scott Morrison at the other end.
Stuart Malcolm went close to an equaliser with a header but Reidford held well and Stenny saw it through for the three points.
Stenhousemuir: Reidford, Ross, Buist, McMillan, McKinlay, Rowson, Hodge, Smith (Reid 81), Kean (Corcoran 19), Dickson (Ferguson 90), Gemmell. Subs Not Used: Shaw, Craig Anderson.
Booked: Hodge, Ferguson. Goal: Gemmell 45.
Arbroath: Morrison, Baxter, Malcolm, Keddie, Hamilton, Sibanda (Smith 14), Kerr, Chisholm, Sheerin (Birse 85), Doris (Holmes 83), Bayne. Subs Not Used: Bullock, Scott Robertson.
Ref: Euan Anderson