It was far from the most convincing performance of the campaign but Finn Harps got the win they so badly wanted against Bray Wanderers at Finn Park.
The only goal of the game came eight minutes in. Ryan Curran was picked out on the Harps left and his inviting delivery was steered home by Dave Scully.
It was the striker's second of the season and it was enough to give Ollie Horgan's side a third win in the league.
If anything, the former Bray man's goal came against the run of play.
The visitors had started much the brighter and Robbie Creevy should have done better on 5 minutes when he headed wide from close in.
Bray, with only one win in seven games before Friday night, enjoyed plenty of the ball and they finished the first half strongly with Ger Pender's header helped over the bar by Richard Brush.
In the second half, Bray continued to carry the greater threat and at times, Harps were on overtime at the back.
The Wicklow side missed a great chance to draw level on 69 when Andrew Lewis was played in but he took his shot on early, and while his lob beat Richard Brush, the ball ran well wide.
They got into some good attacking situations but frustratingly for them, the final ball let them down all too often. Harps may not have been at their best, but they defended resolutely and significantly, this win means they stay clear of the bottom sides, and they are now six points ahead of Bray.