Grabbing a point at the toughest away venue in League Two was good enough for Montrose boss Paul Hegarty.
The Gable Endies dented Elgin’s title hopes by holding their hosts to a 1-1 draw at Borough Briggs on Saturday.
Second-placed Elgin have lost just once on home soil in the league this term and dropped very few points, so Hegarty took great delight in frustrating the north side.
“They know it’s a fortress up here and Jim (Weir) and Gavin (Price) have got their boys well versed and playing very well at home,” Paul said.
“So if somebody had said to me before the game would I take a point, I would have taken a point. I’m delighted with a point.”
Montrose started the game so well with Aaron Comrie driving wide on four minutes while Ross Campbell saw a 20-yard free-kick flick off the defensive wall and skip inches past on 12 minutes.
Top scorer Gary Fraser was then slipped through by Terry Masson but his lob went over the target.
Chris Templeman tested home keeper Mark Hurst with a fierce shot and then got to the rebound but Hurst again made a save.
Elgin’s response was to go straight up the park with a flowing move which ended with Craig Gunn scoring the opener with his side’s first real chance on 23 minutes.
Montrose regrouped after the break and Fraser was desperately unlucky to see a 20-yard shot strike the inside of the near post and flash across the goalmouth to safety.
Gunn fired wide at the other end but on 62 minutes midfielder Campbell unlocked the Elgin defence to stride on to a Masson pass and finish superbly.