Euan Murray’s header gave Stenhousemuir three vital points at Airdrie on Tuesday night.
The Warriors ended 2015 on a positive note with the forward’s header three minutes from time.
It leaves Brown Ferguson’s side on 25 points and in fifth position, three points off fourth placed Albion Rovers.
The victory was all the more important as Cowdenbeath produced a surprise result, defeating second-placed Ayr 4-2 to hang on to the Warriors’ coat-tails.
It wasn’t much of a match at the Excelsior Stadium, but Stenhousemuir won’t mind as they leave the current year in a much better shape than they entered it – five points and three places better than a year ago and and that’s on the back of three consecutive defeats and a 5-1 thrashing at home by Stranraer.
However they have come a long way under Brown Ferguson since the start of the season and after dodging the drop in the League One relegation play-off, but the Warriors have a tough start to 2015 in store. They head to third-placed Peterhead on January 2.