Peterhead boss Jim McInally was thrilled after his side put themselves back in control of the League Two title race with their first win in five games.
The Blue Toon beat Cowdenbeath 2-0 at Central Park with goals from Russell McLean and trialist Karim Belmokhtar – who is set to sign on at Balmoor this week.
The Buchan team’s victory combined with table-toppers Montrose drawing 2-2 at Berwick means Peterhead are only three points behind with a game in hand.
That will be played tomorrow against Clyde and a win will put McInally’s men top on goal difference with nine games left.
McInally said: “I’m delighted to win because the pitch was horrific, it was bone dry and bumpy and was never going to be conducive to any sort of decent football.
“So we set our stall out to be big and strong and see if we could get a goal from a set-piece because we had good height in our team. “We got our first goal from a set-piece and then we saw the game out quite comfortably.
“I think they had one chance in the whole game, but apart from that our goalie Greg Fleming didn’t have a save to make.
“Not that their goalie was overworked either.
“It was just good to see it through after twice losing a two-goal lead at Annan (to draw 3-3) last Tuesday.
“It was important for the team to see that out.
“We won without Simon Ferry and Rory McAllister so that shows that we’ve got a bit of style about us.
“We’ve got a lot of young players just now but I thought David McCracken (36) had his best game for us, he was outstanding.
“It was good and when we found out Montrose had drawn that made it a better result.
“We know it gets things back in our own hands and we’ve got a big incentive against Clyde tomorrow night.”