After suffering four successive defeats, Marsaxlokk managed to earn a positive result in a goalless draw with Balzan at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday.
A draw which enables them to move five points ahead of Zebbug Rangers and seven ahead of Santa Lucia in the battle against relegation.
Balzan, on the other hand, now lie in sixth place, two points behind Mosta and one ahead of Floriana.
Balzan went close with a Matheus Souza effort early in the game which was neutralised by goalkeeper Marko Drobnjak. Marsaxlokk, on the other hand, threatened towards the end of the first half with an attempt by Kristian Keqi which ended just wide after concluding a good run.
In the second half, the best opportunity fell at the feet of Tiago Adan Fonseca but his attempt was neutralised by goalkeeper Rudy Briffa.
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