Two early goals were enough for Ayr United to see off Stranraer at Somerset Park.
Adam Hunter gave the Honest Men a dream start as he connected with a David Sinclair cross to smash the ball into the roof of the net inside 10 minutes.
The hosts soon doubled their lead when former Rangers trainee Michael Donald leapt highest to nod home after good work from John Robertson.
Stranraer could have reduced the deficit midway through the first-half, but Robert Love's strike was smartly kept out by the feet of keeper Graeme Smith, while Liam Buchanan was unlucky not to extend Ayr's lead after seeing his long-distance pile-driver narrowly miss the target just after the interval.
The Blues set up a nervous finish courtesy of top scorer Craig Malcolm's right-footed finish after 68 minutes, but Donald's header proved decisive as Ayr held on to keep their play-off dreams alive.
Ayr United: Graeme Smith, John Robertson, McGregor, Christopher Smith, McCann, Hunter, Sinclair, McLaughlin, Donald, Moffat, Buchanan (Winters 79). Subs Not Used: Brown, Shankland, Brownlie, Wyllie.
Booked: Hunter, Buchanan. Goals: Hunter 8, Donald 11.
Stranraer: Mitchell, Lloyd Kinnaird (Borris 79), McKeown, Dunlop, Staunton, Winter, Aitken, Gallagher, Love (Moore 67), Gribben, Malcolm. Subs Not Used: Cadwell, Campbell, One.
Booked: Aitken, Gallagher, Love, Staunton. Goal: Malcolm 68.
Ref: Gary Hilland