Scorer: Montrose - McLean (72)
MONTROSE made it two wins over Stranraer in three days with a narrow victory at Stair Park.
Stevie Farrell kept faith with the side which ran Montrose close on Saturday before going down to a 4-1 defeat, handing a place on the bench to returning striker Denny Johnstone.
Having forced an own goal last time out, Cameron Elliott was hungry to add to his tally for the season, with some well-timed blocks from the Montrose defence keeping him at bay in the early going.
Elliott would then find himself on the wrong end of two penalty appeals, receiving a yellow card for the second incident when referee Peter Stuart deemed it to be a dive.
With no real chances of note in the first half, the contest would pick up slightly in the second.
Stranraer started brightly after the restart but failed to trouble the goalkeeper, with Montrose growing in confidence as the half wore on.
Graham Webster's looping header was cleared off the line by Blues defender Adam Cummins, but there would be worse to come for Stranraer.
Montrose substitute Ross Campbell had only been on the field for five minutes when he raced clear down the left and cut back for former Hearts youngster Russell McLean.
The striker produced a composed first time finish into the top corner - his first goal for the club - to give the visitors a slender lead.
Despite being far from outclassed, Stranraer never looked likely to draw level.
With time running out on their League 1 survival hopes, attention now turns to Saturday's game at home to Clyde for some badly needed points.
Stranraer: Currie, Hamill, Robertson, Cummins, J Allan, Elliott, McManus, Thomson (Fyfe 80), Stirling, Victoria (Johnstone 67), Stevenson.
Not used: Burgess, McIntyre, Dunn, Wilde, Phillips.
Montrose: Fleming, C Ballantyne, Steeves, Quinn, M Allan, Johnston (R Campbell 67), Watson, Webster (Hawke 71), McLean, Callaghan (CF Ballantyne 64).
Not used: Lennox, I Campbell, Niang, Lyons.
Referee: Peter Stuart
Photos: Bill McCandlish, Stranraer FC