Dumbarton came from behind to win for the first time this season, beating Raith Rovers 3-1 at Stark’s Park on Saturday.

Sons trailed due to a controversial goal from Ryan Hardie, but three-second half goals from the visitors secured their first victory at the venue since April 2014.

Christian Nade, Daniel Harvie and Gregor Buchanan ensured Stevie Aitken’s side further distanced themselves from the relegation zone with both Ayr and St Mirren losing.

But it further compounded Rovers’ miseries, who are without a league win since October, and were dumped out of the Scottish Cup in extra-time to Hearts on Wednesday.

Dumbarton started sharply with Robert Thomson, who was restored to the starting line-up in place of Lewis Vaughan.

The winger’s shot forced Raith's goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert into a save after three minutes.

Shortly Ross Callachan forced Alan Martin into a smart save shortly after, firing from 20 yards out.

In an end-to-end opening period, Sam Stanton was next to test the Raith goalkeeper, capitalising on Jean-Yves M’Voto’s slip and forcing Cuthbert into a diving save to his left after 15 minutes.

But on 27 minutes, Rovers controversially took the lead.

Mark Stewart appeared to foul Buchanan in the build-up, but the referee waved play on and the former Falkirk forward's cross found Hardie who tapped in after 27 minutes.

But Sons once again came out in the second half sharply, with Andy Stirling causing problems for the Raith defence all day having his effort blocked.

And the away side made them pay, scoring three goals in the space 14 minutes.

The first came on 49 minutes, with Nade scoring his first away goal for the Sons after nodding in Mark Docherty’s corner.

Referee Mat Northcroft did little to endear himself to Sons fans, as he made another controversial decision, booking Stirling for diving on 51 minutes after appearing to be brought down in the box.

But Aitken’s team were able to get their just rewards for continued pressure, with Harvie scoring his second goal for the club.

The left-back, on loan from Aberdeen, fired a low long range shot, taking a slight deflection to take it past Cuthbert and into the bottom corner.

Stirling’s corner on 63 minutes made it all the way through to the backpost, where an unmarked Buchanan fired in to make Sons the top goalscorers away from home in the Scottish Championship.

Dumbarton now have a crucial fixture at home to St Mirren next week, with the chance to extend the gap to 14 points with a victory.

Kick-off is at 3pm on Saturday at the CID Stadium.

Raith Rovers: Cuthbert, Thomson (Skacel, 75), McHattie, Callachan, M'Voto, Benedictus, Johnston (Stevenson, 59), Stewart, B Barr (Roberts, 64), Matthews, Hardie

Subs not used: Brennan, Thompson, Bell, C Barr.

Dumbarton: Martin, Docherty, Buchanan, Carswell, R Thomson, Stanton (McCrorie, 82), Harvie, D Barr, Smith, Stirling (Lang, 87), Nade (Gallagher, 64).

Subs not used: Brown.