A STIRRING second half fightback ensured Stranraer stretched their unbeaten league run to four games.
The Blues had drawn at Dumbarton, Clyde and Airdrie but knew they needed to keep on picking up points with home games against Falkirk and Raith Rovers.
Stevie Farrell was without Denny Johnstone, who was unable to play against his parent club, while David Smith, Grant Gallagher, Andy Stirling and Lee Hamilton were all missing for various reasons.
With Johnstone unavailable, a first start was given to Joao Victoria since his return to the club on loan from Raith Rovers.
Falkirk were looking for their fourth win over Stranraer this season having scored seven goals without reply.
The visitors were first to threaten midway through the first half.
Josh Todd, one of Falkirk’s January signings, found space and time to turn but he pulled his shot wide of the left post.
However, Stranraer very nearly took the lead when Ryan Thomson robbed Gregor Buchanan of the ball and pulled it back towards Victoria.
The frontman could not quite get there in time and Falkirk held on.
The breakthrough would come just after the half hour mark and it would fall to the visitors.
David McMillan did well on the right and pulled a cross back with Aidan Connolly given plenty of room at the back post.
The wideman could even afford a poor first touch before digging it out from under his feet and firing beyond Max Currie.
Positively, Stranraer refused to crumble and it took a good save from Robbie Mutch at the other end to keep the visitors in the lead.
Currie’s long ball caught out the Falkirk defence and Thomson fired at goal from a tight angle, with Mutch managing to make the block.
The second half was barely seven minutes old when Stranraer found their leveller after good play by Ryan Stevenson.
He rolled the ball across the six-yard box for Thomson to nip in and score his first goal since returning to the club.
It was a goal which clearly boosted the hosts and they grew into the game as the second half wore on.
Falkirk were still seeing plenty of the ball and Todd probably should have done better than pull his shot across goal and wide after McMillan’s flick on.
Only the woodwork prevented Farrell’s men from going in front though.
Victoria’s cross was met by Adam Cummins, whose header looped over Mutch and clipped the crossbar before rippling the wrong side of the net.
Two minutes later and Thomson was denied a second goal as his effort from close range was blocked at the expense of a corner.
It was a vital point for Stranraer, who matched their opponents for large chunks of the game.
Things do not get any easier next Saturday though, with Raith Rovers the visitors to Stair Park.
Stranraer: Currie, Robertson, Allan, Cummins, Pignatiello, C McManus, Victoria, Elliott (Hilton 79), Hamill, Stevenson, Thomson.
Not used: McIntyre, Dunn, Phillips and Burgess.
Falkirk: Mutch, Doyle, Dixon, Buchanan, Durnan, Gomis (Telfer 90), Connolly (Longridge 72), D McManus, G Miller, Todd, McMillan (Sammon 72).
Not used: Hall, De Vita, L Miller and Ferrie.
Referee: John McKendrick
Photos: Bill McCandlish, Stranraer FC