Shooting Stars defeated Akwa United 1-0 courtesy of a Seun Akinyemi strike on Sunday, as they picked up their ninth win at home.
The Ibadan team held its own, even though they missed a few sitters as Akwa goalkeeper Olufemi Kayode displayed some impressive goalkeeping moves to keep the score narrow.
3SC went into the game on 41 points, four places above 15th placed Akwa United who had 34 points.
Both teams were however separated by a 12th minute strike by Akinyemi, who reacted first after Kayode had punched away a corner kick, and shot a thunderous effort into the roof of the net.
Shooting Stars now have 44 points as they moved into the top half of the table.