Montrose turned in a superb performance to take the scalp of league leaders Elgin City.
The result edges Paul Hegarty’s side a little further away from the dreaded bottom spot and sees Elgin replaced at the summit by East Fife.
Assistant boss John Holt praised his side and said they are being positive and looking up the table rather than down.
Holt said: “We knew Elgin have struggled a bit away from home and we managed to capitalise on that.
“Our players gave 110% and worked hard from start to finish. It was a good performance by our back four, but I think we won the game in midfield.
“We also had big Chris Templeman up front. He holds the ball up well and is different class in the air.
“We must now push on up the table. It is very tight and a run of wins could put us back in it.”
Montrose started well and on 13 minutes a dipping effort from Adrian Mallagaray was just kept out by Mark Hurst.
Terry Masson shot just wide after 37 minutes after being played in by Templeman.
Montrose took the lead on 42 minutes. They hit on the break and Templeman cut in from the left and scored with a low drive.
The home side stretched their lead on 56 minutes. Templeman knocked the ball down for Gary Fraser and he lashed an unsaveable shot into the top corner.
Four minutes later, a Ross Campbell throw was headed on by Templeman and Mallagaray lunged to knock the ball home.
As Montrose ran the show against their high- flying opponents, substitute Ryan Ferguson almost scored with his first touch.
But with 90 minutes on the watch, Montrose lost their clean sheet. Mark Nicholson swung in a cross and Neil Martynuick headed an own-goal.