Stirling climbed from seventh to second in League 2 thanks to a narrow victory over 10-man Rovers, who lost away from home for the first time this season.
Greig McDonald’s men took the lead through a fine Phil Johnston strike after nine minutes but the visitors equalised six minutes later when Chris Dallas pounced on Ross McGeachie’s clearance and steered the ball into the empty net.
James Ward’s team were reduced to 10 men in 19 minutes when Scott Chaplain was harshly sent off after catching David McClune with a high boot.
The winner came in 63 minutes when Dale Fulton’s deflected 20-yarder gave keeper Neil Parry no chance for his third goal since joining from Falkirk in August.
Stirling showed two changes from the team that lost 2-1 to Clyde on Saturday, with Graham Weir and Dale Fulton replacing top scorer Jordan White, who was on the bench and Ross Forsyth, who was away with work.
We started well and Bradley Coyne missed a good chance before Johnston latched on to a fine pass from Weir and ran clear on the right to smash a shot high past Parry.
Dallas hauled the visitors level soon after and we toiled to create chances as the Cliftonhill men defended deeply after Chaplain’s red card.
The breakthrough came when Fulton was allowed time to line up a shot and the ball took a deflection off Alan Reid on its way into the net.
Ex-Bino Josh Flood came on as a sub for Albion Rovers in the closing stages and we survived a scare in stoppage time when on-loan Partick Thistle striker Mark McGuigan headed straight at keeper David Crawford.
Stirling Albion: Crawford, McGeachie (White 46), Ashe, McClune, Bishop, Smith, Johnston (Day 84), Fulton, Coyne (Cunningham 61), Weir, Ferry.
Subs (not used): Clark, Paton, Munn, Reidford (GK).
Scorers: Johnston 9, Fulton 63
Albion Rovers: Parry, Reid, R Dunlop, Russell (Cusack 52), Donnelly, M Dunlop, Dallas (Crawford 72), Tiffney (Flood 72), McGuigan, Chaplain, Phillips.
Subs (not used): Maguire, McGinley (GK).
Scorer: Dallas 15
Referee: Craig Charleston