It was honours even at Forthbank on Saturday, with both managers agreeing a draw was a fair result after a hard-fought encounter.
Phil Johnston gave us the lead midway through the first half but former Bino Steven Bell equalised before the break.
Both sides had chances to win it in the closing stages but neither could make them count in what was the first meeting between the teams in Stirling since April 2009.
The result means Stranraer remain unbeaten in League 1 since the end of August but Stenhousemuir’s win over Dunfermline means we are now five points adrift at the foot of the table ahead of next weekend’s trip to East End Park.
Binos boss Stuart McLaren made two changes following the 2-1 midweek defeat at Brechin, with David McClune and Johnston replacing Lee Hamilton and Sandy Cunningham. Lewis Coult, Craig Comrie and Darren Lee Smith were all still sidelined.
Callum Reidford made a couple of good stops before we went in front for only the third time in a league game this season.
With 23 minutes gone, Johnston’s shot from outside the box was deflected up and over keeper David Mitchell for his first goal of an injury-disrupted 2014/15.
Stephen Aitken’s men were level 11 minutes later after two former Albion favourites combined. Chris Aitken delivered a free-kick from wide on the right and Bell peeled off his marker and guided the ball just inside the left-hand post.
The second half was keenly contested but was short on clear-cut chances until a frantic finish. Blues skipper Frank McKeown saw his header diverted past the post by a defender, Reidford pushed over a Craig Malcolm header and Sean Winter dragged a shot narrowly wide.
At the other end, Mitchell did well to turn a Dale Fulton free-kick over the bar and Ross Forsyth hit the side netting with a header from close range as we drew our second home league game in a row.
Stirling Albion: Reidford, McClune (Hamilton 69), Forsyth, Robertson, McGeachie, C Smith, Johnston (Cunningham 61), Fulton, Doris, G Smith, Weir (Creaney 82).
Subs (not used): D Smith, Munn, Wedderburn, Paterson (GK).
Scorer: Johnston 23
Stranraer: Mitchell, Gallagher, Longridge, Rumsby, McKeown, Aitken, Winter, Bell, Malcolm, Longworth (Russell 79), Gibson (Stoney 69).
Subs (not used): Stirling, Marenghi, Tobin (GK).
Scorer: Bell 34
Referee: Crawford Allan