Civo United recovered from a shocking 2-1 loss to relegation-threatened Karonga United to secure an important win over hot league contenders Moyale Barracks by the same margin.
Civo scored through Vincent Nyangulu but Deus Nkutu equalised to take his tally 16 and on course to win the Golden Boot.
However, Civo battled their way back to score the second and winning goal through Charles Chirembo to deny the soldiers a chance to regain the stop position they lost on Saturday to their league title rivals Bullets FC.
Moyale assistant coach Themba Ntontholo said the loss was a big blow to their title hopes.
“We are disappointed to have the game but all is not lost. We still have five games to play,” Ntontholo said.
Civo coach Oscar Kaunda applauded his charges for fighting to the end.
“I am very happy that the players have done a good job. We had to believe in ourselves that we will do it,” Kaunda said.
Civo have moved to position six with 38 points while doing a favour to Bullets who opened a three-point lead on Saturday and have a game in hand over Moyale.
Azam Tigers completed a memorable outing with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Epac barely 24 hours after beating Blue Eagles 2-0 at Nankhaka Ground.
Mighty Wanderers conquered Zomba based soldiers with a laboured 2-1 win in Balaka.
Wanderers Technical Director Yasin Osman said the victory had instilled confidence in the team.
Osman said Wanderers had overcome a bad patch they were going through owing to loss of confidence after a string of losses which forced coach Gerald Phiri to step down.