Kevin Nisbet's second-half penalty miss proved crucial as Queen of the South won at Dumbarton to stay in touch with the Championship play-off spots.
The visitors broke the deadlock three minutes into the second half when Dominic Thomas' free-kick from just outside the area crept in.
Stephen Dobbie's handball in the area offered The Sons a route back into the game after 67 minutes.
But Nisbet blazed his spot-kick over the bar and Queens held on for the win.
They moved above Dunfermline into fifth, two points behind Dundee United, who have three games in hand.
Dumbarton remain nine points adrift of safety in the relegation play-off spot.
Thomas on target
Sons miss penalty
Dumbarton keeper makes save
All images courtesy of www.qosfc.com
- 23RussellSubstituted forNadeat 68'minutes
- 21HandlingSubstituted forFroxyliasat 72'minutesBooked at 78mins
- 9StewartSubstituted forBurtat 55'minutes
Queen of Sth
- 4FordyceBooked at 57mins
- 5BrownlieBooked at 66mins
- 10ThomasSubstituted forCameronat 90'minutes
- 14JacobsBooked at 12mins
- 25DykesBooked at 74minsSubstituted forRankinat 80'minutes
- 11DobbieBooked at 67mins
- 9LyleSubstituted forTodorovat 73'minutes