Jamie Stevenson hailed Peterhead’s character after they kept the League Two title race alive.
The Blue Toon beat Elgin City 1-0 at Borough Briggs courtesy of Jason Brown’s second-half goal.
The win, combined with rivals Montrose beating Stenhousemuir 2-0, means if they are to lift the title on Saturday, the Buchan side need to win against Edinburgh City at Balmoor and require Elgin to beat Montrose at Links Park.
Stevenson was delighted Peterhead have been able to take the championship race down to the final day after making it five wins in a row.
He is pleased they have shown they won’t give up and now hopes Elgin can do them a favour.
Stevenson said: “We’ve shown a lot of character, we’re got a great bunch of boys who have a never-say-die attitude.
“It was warm, the pitch was sticky and it was a battle for 90 minutes.
“We scored and had a couple of chances. We got the break when they hit a post. Hopefully, it is a bit of luck continuing into next week.
“We were a few inches from it being over and we know it’s been in Montrose’s hands for the last few weeks.
“So we have to give them credit because they’ve got the results and we can only win our games.
“Elgin can be a good team and can beat anybody on their day so we just need to hope they help us out next week.
“We just need to beat Edinburgh City and stranger things have happened than Montrose being beaten. We always keep working as hard as we can and hopefully results will go our way.”
In a first half of few chances, the highlights were Alan Smith’s 20-yard strike which was just wide and an effort from Elgin’s Thomas Reilly from the same distance that went over the bar.
On 54 minutes, the Buchan side went close when Willie Gibson’s corner from the left was met by Jason Brown with keeper Brett Long tipping the header on to the crossbar.
Three minutes later, Smith had a strong penalty appeal turned down by ref Euan Anderson when he appeared to be felled by Long.
In the 69th minute, Scott Brown passed up a good chance.
Sub Jack Leitch’s cross from the right was headed down by Russell McLean and the ball fell for Scott Brown but he lashed wildly over from 15 yards.
On 73 minutes, Peterhead got the goal that keeps the title race alive. Rory McAllister won a free-kick on the left and Gibson’s delivery was headed off the left post and in by Jason BROWN from six yards.
With four minutes to play Elgin were close to ending the title race.
Sub Declan Byrne jinked his way to the left angle of the box and let fly, but luckily for the Blue Toon the shot cannoned back off the right post.
Peterhead survived a nervy finish to ensure the League Two title will be decided on the last day of the season.