Ross County increased their lead over fellow strugglers Airdrie with a deserved 2-1 victory at Victoria Park.
Andy Dowie rose above the Airdrie defence to head home a Derek Adams corner in the 14th minute after the Diamonds had set the early pace.
Michael Gardyne doubled the lead 11 minutes from the break tucking the ball into the corner of the net.
The Diamonds did pull one back after 58 minutes when Paul Lovering drilled the ball home but County held on.
Ross County: Samson, Gary Irvine, Keddie, Dowie, McCulloch, Anderson (Gunn 66), Gardyn (Tiernan 80), Adams, Higgins (Caimi 56), Scott, McKinlay. Subs Not Used: Malin, Robertson.
Booked: Scott, Caimi.
Goals: Dowie 14, Gardyn 34.
Airdrie Utd: Robertson, McKenna, Lovering, Smyth, Taylor, McDonald, Holmes (McDougall 77), McKeown, Prunty (Twigg 71), McPhee (Tierney 85), Barrau. Subs Not Used: Christie, Hollis.
Sent Off: Barrau (90).
Booked: Taylor, Barrau, Lovering.
Goals: Lovering 58.
Ref: C MacKay