Andy Little scored his first goal for the club as we bounced back from Saturday’s defeat to Peterhead to make it six wins in seven games.
The former Rangers and Preston forward marked his first start in a Stirling shirt by pouncing from close range just before half-time for what proved to be the winner.
Little blazed a penalty over the bar midway through the second half after Ouzy See tripped Lee Hamilton but we held on to gain revenge for a 1-0 defeat here in December.
The result was probably harsh on Berwick, who did enough to merit a draw, but they couldn’t find a way past a resolute Stirling defence on a chilly evening at Shielfield.
Binos boss Dave Mackay made two changes, with skipper Willie Robertson and Little starting in place of George Stanger and Peter MacDonald. He was soon forced into a further switch as top scorer Darren Smith limped off with an ankle injury and Neil McLaughlin came on in his place.
Stirling were shooting down the slope in the first half but Robbie Horn’s side carried more threat and there were a couple of close calls before we grabbed the lead against the run of play.
It was a poacher’s finish from Little, who was perfectly placed to beat Robby McCrorie at the far post after a shot had been deflected into his path following a corner.
He had a chance to double our advantage when See brought down Hamilton but poor run from the spot continued when the Northern Ireland internationalist sent his kick over the bar.
Ross Kavanagh came close to adding a second goal while at the other end Cammy Binnie made fine saves from Jack Hamilton and See as we ground out a narrow win.
Elgin’s defeat at Clyde means we now have an eight-point cushion in the play-off race over the Moray men, who we face twice at Borough Briggs this month.
Berwick Rangers: McCrorie, Orru (Murrell 82), Notman, Willis, Phillips, Petkov (Thomson 68), Stewart, Wilson, Hamilton, Todd, See. Subs (not used): Fleming, McKinlay, Cook, Simpson, Brennan (GK).
Stirling Albion: Binnie, McGeachie, Hamilton, McNeil, Barr (R Smith 62), Moon, Jardine, Little (MacDonald 68), D Smith (McLaughlin 10), Kavanagh, Robertson. Subs (not used): Stanger, Dickson, Noble, Wight (GK).
Scorer: Little 41
Referee: Lloyd Wilson