EAST FIFE 1-2 PETERHEAD
Goals from Jamie Redman and Craig Reid saw Peterhead return to winning ways at the eleventh attempt as East Fife's top four push took a dent.
Redman opened the scoring midway through the first half but his goal was cancelled out by Jason Kerr before the break.
However, Reid, restored to the team after recovering from a hamstring strain, notched the winner 10 minutes after the interval to give the Blue Toon a much-needed victory.
The three points were significant in their quest to beat the League 1 drop with basement boys Stenhousemuir going down 1-0 to newly crowned champions Livingston.
Stranraer, though, ensured Jim McInally's men remain ninth in the table after their win over Airdrie going into the remaining three fixtures.
Following last week's defeat to Queen's Park, Reid was back in the starting line-up along with Aaron Comrie and Nicky RIley as Jordon Brown, Grant Anderson and Steven Noble made way.
Having lost on both visits to Methil this season, once in the league and the other in the League Cup group stage, it was imperative Peterhead got off to a good start.
They did just that by making the breakthrough in the 25th minute. Rory McAllister laid the ball into the path of Redman, who slotted home from close range.
But the Fifers were behind for just six minutes as Kerr got on the end of a Nicki Paterson corner to send a header past Hobday.
Peterhead hit back with a set-peice of their own in the 55th minute with a goal, which proved to be the winner.
Jamie Stevenson swung in a corner and Reid reacted quickest to send the ball past Mark Hurst to revive his team's survival chances.