Sligo Rovers claimed a valuable three points at the Brandywell on Friday evening, after coming from behind to beat Derry City 2-1.
Former Rovers winger Jamie McDonagh had put the home side in front shortly before half-time.
But Rovers’ top-scorer David Cawley celebrated signing an extended contract with the club midweek by firing home the equaliser with his fifth goal of the season.
Substitute Caolan McAleer then won it for the visitors in the closing stages.
The sides clash again in the EA Sports Cup semi-final at the Showgrounds on Monday at 5pm.
Rovers remain two points off seventh-placed Bohemians, after Sligo’s Kevin Devaney was among the goals in their 5-0 hammering of second-from-bottom Limerick.
Rovers have a game less played than both Bohemians and Limerick, with that game, against Dundalk re-fixed for Monday, August 20, at 7.45pm in the Showgrounds.
In the First Division, second-placed Finn Harps maintained their promotion push with a 3-0 defeat of Wexford at Finn Park.
Former Sligo Rovers striker Mikey Place opened the scoring, before Jesse Devers and Sam Todd increased Harps’ lead.
Harps are seven points off leaders UCD, with just four games left.
UCD beat Cabinteely 4-1 on Friday night.
Head of Academy Kevin McHugh and midfielder Paddy McCourt were delighted to welcome East Donegal 09 Squad to Finn Park on Friday night.
Harps supporters gave a warm Finn Park welcome to members of the Harps FAI Cup Junior winning squad of 1968 at half time on Friday night.
Paddy McBride of match sponsor Kernans presents a cheque to Harps chairman Sean Quinn at Finn Harps v Wexford onFriday night.
East Donegal 09 squad were the proud flag bearers who welcomed the Harps and Wexford Teams onto the pitch on Friday night.
Harps welcomed Millwall Ladies Video Analyst Conor Willis to Finn Park, Conor has relations in the Rathmullen are and was presented with a signed Harps jersey on behalf of the club by Supporter Liaison Officer Aidan McNelis
Meanwhile, Sligo Rovers’ U15 side lost 3-1 at home to Damien Duff’s Shamrock Rovers at the Showgrounds on Friday.
Mayo native Oran Groarke scored the Rovers goal.