A sixth successive home defeat has plunged Cowdenbeath deeper into the Championship relegation mire.
This defeat has put them 10 points adrift of Alloa Athletic, Livingston and Queen of the South, which means that, with just 15 games left, they are going to have to start winning regularly to get out of trouble.
With bottom side Morton starting to get results, they have closed the gap between them and Cowden to just five points.
Cowden boss Jimmy Nicholl reflected on a much better performance against the promotion chasing Bairns.
In the first 45 minutes Cowdenbeath, with new signinings James Fowler, Darren Brownlie and David Gold in the line-up, regularly threatened the Falkirk goal and keeper Michael McGovern made several important saves.
The Blue Brazil’s top scorer, Kane Hemmings, on three occasions should have given his side the lead and strike partner Greg Stewart also brought good stops from the Falkirk captain.
The Bairns, however, had real livewires in Mark Millar and Rory Loy and they too threatened to break the deadlock.
Five minutes into the second period, midfielder Millar opened the scoring with a well-placed 22 yarder which gave home keeper Thomas Flynn no chance. Seconds later McGovern produced a match-changing save from a Stewart header which he somehow finger-tipped round his left hand post for a corner.
Three minutes later Loy struck a fine left-foot shot wide of Flynn from the edge of the box to put the visitors in control.
On-loan trio Fowler, Gold and Brownlie tried hard to turn the tide for the Fifers without success.
Nicholl said: “That was a much better performance although unfortunately it was the same old result.
“We were competing well in the first half and Hemmings and Stewart should both have scored and that could have made a big difference.
“The first goal settled Falkirk and they started to take control after that but we still had chances.”
He added, “I felt that Fowler and Brownlie gave us an extra competitive edge and that will be important in the weeks ahead and I have also signed Chris Kane from Dunfermline.
“We need to scrap for wins and, really, winning is the important thing, not the style of it and we need to start that at Hamilton this coming Saturday”.
The three points kept Falkirk very much in the mix at the top of the table.
They lie in third top spot, three points behind leaders Dundee and two behind second-top Hamilton, so manager Gary Holt was delighted with the performance.
“There was nothing in the game at the break and I told the lads that we would have to up our tempo to get the win we wanted and they did just that and scored two very good goals.”