Interim Ochilview boss Brown Ferguson could not have been faulted in wondering whether to laugh or cry at the end of Saturday’s match against Dunfermline.
But he managed to find positives after discovering demotion play-off rivals Ayr United had conceded two goals in the last minute to lose to Morton.
That result means the ability to avoid the League One relegation play-offs remains firmly in the hands of Stenhousemuir.
“I don’t think we got any breaks on Saturday” he told Heraldsport.
“But it looks like the way things turned out at Cappielow means we got one off it, however.
“The boys’ work rate and endeavour was good, but there are areas where we can improve,” Ferguson said.
“I will have to review the video, but there were at least four phases in the lead up to their goal where we could have done better and that was disappointing.
“Generally though, the performance was pleasing, but the decision making in the last third requires to be better.”
For now, the Warriors chief is looking forward to this weekend’s match at Airdrieonians, a team that are effectively safe from the play-off battle as they lie 15 points ahead of the Ochilview side.
Ferguson knows that gap won’t be enough to make the Lanarkshire side complacent, and is ensuring his players are prepared well enough to return from New Broomfield with a result.
“There are six tough games to come, however, and the Ayr result means we have it in our own hands to escape the play-offs and we will be doing our best to make full use of that.”