East Fife left the park at the weekend not knowing if they had surrendered the League Two title initiative to Clyde.
The 1-1 home draw with Queen’s Park left a gap open for the Bully Wee to take advantage of.
But within minutes of getting into the dressing room, they learned that not only had they not allowed themselves to be overtaken, they had in fact stretched their lead.
Clyde’s 2-1 defeat to Arbroath means the Fifers are now two points clear at the top with barely a handful of games to go.
Saturday’s point had to be earned the hard way against a Queen’s side that still harbours title ambitions of its own.
Queen’s are a top drawer side, and Saturday’s game saw two of the league’s best cancelling each other out.
Gary Naysmith’s side took the lead with just two minutes gone on the clock.
A hopeful through ball from the back wasn’t dealt with by the visiting defence and Jamie Insall picked it up, raced in on goal and made no mistake.
The game could have been all over within the opening 15 minutes as the Fifers started at a terrific pace.
Insall saw another drive blocked by Willie Muir before Jason Kerr should have done a lot better with a free strike at goal from eight yards.
The Spiders’ equaliser arrived when Jamie McKernon’s strike was beaten away by Liam Kelly in the home goal, but quickest to react was Chris Duggan who rifled home the rebound.
Kyle Wilkie came close to a winner for the home side with an effort which he dragged inches wide.
Naysmith said: “It was a good game like an old-fashioned cup tie.
“The turning point of the game came early when Jamie (Insall) missed his second chance. They then got a goal out of nothing.”