Ten-man Peebles Rovers did their Borders rivals Coldstream a huge favour by holding First Division fliers Leith Athletic to a 1-1 draw last night.
Rovers looked in for a torrid evening when Greig Shortreed was sent off after only seven minutes for denying a goal scoring opportunity with a foul on Lewis Cairns.
However, just four minutes later Peebles took the lead when Craig Edgar slotted beyond Iain Gordon.
Leith finally equalised just before the hour mark through Greig Tulloch but were unable to find a winner despite heavy pressure on ten-man Peebles.
The result means Leith trail leaders Coldstream by 14 points with four games in hand.
In the other East of Scotland First Division match last night, Selkirk got their first win in eight games with a 2-0 triumph at Duns.
Bobby Gay and Jamie Gibson were the goalscorers for the Souters in only their third win of the league season.
In the Border Amateur League, relegated Duns Amateurs lost 5-1 to Pencaitland in Division A, while Linton Hotspur remain in Division B relegation trouble after a 3-1 loss at Selkirk Victoria.
In Division C, Gordon extended their lead to four points over second placed Biggar with a 5-1 win against the Lanarkshire side, who still have five games in hand.
Lauder thumped Kelso Thistle 4-0 and St Boswells lost 2-0 to Chirnside United Colts in the other Division C matches.