Jim Weir’s time in charge of Forfar started with a Hampden draw which left visiting keeper Marc McCallum again wishing football games lasted 85 minutes.
Striker David Cox got out of his sick bed to grab a double in a thriller at Coatbridge and take Forfar off the bottom of League One.
Veteran keeper Rab Douglas made a surprise return to action for the first time in nearly two years and kept a clean sheet as Arbroath took the points at Hampden.
East Fife goalscorer Mark Docherty was delighted his side were able to bounce back from consecutive defeats with this hard-earned win.
Brechin hit-man Ross Caldwell believes his side can make up ground on league leaders Livingston despite a missed opportunity to go top.
Neither side could come up with a winner in a game watched by a bumper crowd of 2,883.
Skipper Mark Whatley says Arbroath are happy with their start to the season after the win at high-flying Ayr United lifted them to third in League One.
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Bobby Linn believes Arbroath will come back stronger next season after agonisingly missing out on the Championship play-off final.
Brechin slipped five points off the League 1 pace after a day to forget at the national stadium.
Cowdenbeath boss Colin Nish lamented a lack of attacking quality after his side were consigned to the cut-throat relegation play-offs.