First-half goals from Craig Comrie and Gordon Smith earned us a vital victory in the New Year derby.
Colin McMenamin pulled one back before the break but we held on for only our second League 1 win of the season – the first was 5-4 at the same venue in August – to close the gap on Ayr United to five points.
There was a minute’s silence before the game in memory of Stenhousemuir U20 player Kyle Doherty, who tragically died earlier this week.
Binos boss Stuart McLaren made two changes to the team beaten 4-3 by Morton, with Greg Paterson replacing the suspended Callum Reidford in goal and Lewis Small handed his first start as Steven Doris had been ruled out with a knock.
There was a place among the subs for the first time for youth team striker Keiron Magennis and keeper Cameron Binnie while Lewis Coult was pitched in after just five minutes as on-loan Falkirk forward Small was forced off with a shoulder injury.
Stenhousemuir gave a debut to former Partick Thistle player Lee Gallacher but former Albion striker Martin Grehan had to settle for a place on the bench.
Warriors keeper Greg Fleming had already made a good save to keep out a Gordon Smith header before we took the lead after 24 minutes.
On-loan Hearts midfielder Angus Beith, who had an excellent match, took a corner short to Comrie and his low shot from just outside the box found the net with the aid of a slight deflection as Scott Booth’s team appealed in vain for offside.
We doubled our advantage five minutes later thanks to an eighth goal of the season for Gordon Smith. The summer signing from Raith Rovers made a powerful run into the box and tucked the ball into the corner for his first goal since the end of October.
Stenhousemuir got back in it before half-time when McMenamin hooked a shot high past Paterson and ex-Bino Alan Lithgow then hit the bar following a corner.
Keeping goals out has been a problem all season but we restricted the Warriors to very few opportunities in the second half, although Paterson did well to claw away a Lithgow header in his first appearance since the August 23 game here.
Gordon Smith forced a smart save from Fleming and Coult wasn’t far away from his first Albion goal as we started 2015 with a badly-needed win against our local rivals.
Stenhousemuir: Fleming, Duncan, Meechan, Lithgow, Summers, K Millar, Hodge (Grehan 75), Faulds, McMenamin, Gallacher (Eddington 60), Dickson (Watt 88).
Subs (not used): McMillan, Fotheringham, Sludden, Smith (GK)
Goal: McMenamin 34
Stirling Albion: Paterson, McGeachie, Creaney, Beith, Wedderburn, C Smith, Johnston, Comrie, Small (Coult 5), G Smith (Hamilton 89), Cunningham (McClune 79).
Subs (not used): Robertson, Fulton, Magennis, Binnie (GK).
Goals: Comrie 24, G Smith 29
Referee: Gavin Duncan