Lewes picked up a vital three points in their bid to avoid the drop with a deserved 2-0 victory over Margate tonight (Thursday).
The Rooks took the lead just before half time when Karl Beckford put Nathan Crabb in and his shot deflected in off a defender.
And the points were sealed in second half injury time whe Steve Brinkhurst slotted home.
Other results in the Ryman Premier tonight saw Hastings win 2-0 at home to Harrow Borough and Thurrock lose 2-1 away to Leiston.
That means Lewes move up one place to 19th in the table, with Wingate and Finchley dropping into the bottom two relegation positions.
The bottom seven positions in the Ryman Premier are now (key: games played, goal difference, points):
16th Thurrock (36, -15, 38)
17th Harrow Borough (36, -16, 37)
18th Cray Wanderers (37, -25, 37)
19th Lewes (38, -16, 36)
20th Hastings Utd (35, -16, 35)
21st Wingate & FInchley (38, -28, 35)
22nd Carhsalton Athletic (38, -24, 31)
The Rooks now host Leiston at the Pan on Saturday (3pm KO).
Rooks: Betts, Ozga (Lewis), Kay, Dunne, Breach (c), Malins, Godfrey, Harding, Crabb, Beckford (Madhani), Brinkhurst. Subs: Wormull. ATT: 411.