Berwick, with only one win in their previous ten Scottish League Two games, picked up a much-needed victory over nine-man East Stirling at a wind-swept Shielfield on Saturday.
And manager Ian Little says he hopes the win will now help them kick-start their season again so they can start to climb the table.
Goals by Darren Lavery and skipper Lee Currie secured a welcome three points, which now leaves the Borderers just three points of the play-off places – although still one place off the bottom of a very tight division.
To some extent they were helped by the sending-off of Michael Bolochoweckyj and David Greenhill (both ex-Berwick players) late in the second half, but in truth Shire seldom troubled the Berwick goal as they went down to their seventh straight defeat.
Little said: “I said before the start this was a big game for us. We won ugly, but I don’t mind because we have got the three points.”
“In saying that, I thought there was a bit of class in the goals we scored.
Lavery netted his 11th of the season when he ran through to shoot low past Grant Hay after ten minutes.
And Currie made the game safe when he added a second after 88 minutes, turning and firing home from the edge of the box after being set up by substitute Josh Morris.
“I know we have been on a poor run lately, so it was important to get the win,” said Little.
“I always believed we could turn it around and I’m just happy for the players and the fans, as they now have something to celebrate.
“What we have to do now is make sure we try to keep it going against Queens Park next weekend.”
BERWICK RANGERS: Bald; Jacobs, Dunlop, Hoskins, Gielty, Notman, Lee Currie, Gray, Lavery, Ronald (O’Brien 64), Dalziel (Morris 88).
Subs (not used): Fairburn, Janczyk, Grant.
Booked: Lee Currie, Dunlop, Dalziel.
Goals: Lavery 10, Lee Currie 89.
EAST STIRLINGSHIRE: Hay; MacGregor, Townsley, Bolochoweckyj, McGowan, Greenhill, O’Donoghue, Thomson (Glasgow 72), McKechnie, Turner (Tapping 76), Quinn (Wright 72). Subs (not used): Herd, Maxwell, Gordon, Shepherd.
Sent Off: Bolochoweckyj (75),Greenhill (81).
Booked: Greenhill, Quinn, McKechnie.
Referee: Colin Steven.