Binos boss Stuart McLaren hailed the spirit of his players after we hit back to beat Arbroath 3-1 at Forthbank and move to within two points of the top four.
Bobby Linn gave the Red Lichties a first-half lead but skipper Willie Robertson equalised early in the second period.
We then lost keeper Chris Smith to a red card for bringing down Linn but Ross Smith’s first goal for the club and a Steven Doris penalty sealed a deserved win. Arbroath also ended with 10 men after Ricky Little was dismissed for dissent in stoppage time.
McLaren said: “We know we have quality at the club but that second half also showed the character and leadership of the squad, especially in the circumstances of playing with 10 men for the last 30 minutes.
“It was a terrific team performance and, although we were 1-0 down at half-time, I always felt we could get something from the game because we had created good chances – there were at least two cleared off the line in the first half.
“That’s only two defeats in 11 games now and we need to maintain the level of consistency we have shown recently to keep climbing the table.”
Arbroath manager Todd Lumsden said: “After being a goal up at half-time and looking pretty comfortable we just fell apart in the second half – there is no other way to dress it up.
“Even when Stirling went down to 10 men, which should have been a chance for us, the players didn’t do their jobs – it’s as simple as that.”