Chiukepo Msowoya’s 29th minute goal on Saturday propelled Big Bullets to within reach of the TNM Super League title at the same time condemning Epac FC to relegation danger.
Bullets have now opened a 13-point gap between them and second placed Mafco who lost 2-1 to Mighty Wanderers.
Msowoya rose high to head in a well-curved Yamikani Fodya set piece past a helpless Epac goalkeeper Tione Tembo to send Bullets fans, who had come in large numbers at Civo Stadium, into ecstasy.
After the goal, Bullets continued dominating with Mussa Manyenje, James Chilapondwa and Dalitso Sailesi controlling play but could not add more goals.
Towards the recess, Bullets survived a scare when Lameck Mwale hit the post from a Clement Mvula free kick in the 45th minute.
Epac continued a determined offensive on Bullets after recess.
Mude Jeffrey, Kelvin Thotho, Mvula and Innocent Tanganyika were a constant menace putting Bullets defenders Sankhani Nyirenda, Yamikani Fodya and Chikondi Likwemba under pressure but could not find a solution to score past Chimwemwe Kumkwawa.
At the end of it all Bullets managed a clean sheet and are on course to defend the league.
“They (Epac) gave us a good game. It was scary in the last 15 minutes. We thank God that we managed to hold on and get three points,” said Bullets team manager Rahim Ishmael.
Epac coach Abbas Makawa in an earlier interview pledged to move his side off relegation.
With the loss to Bullets, Epac now lie second from the bottom of the log table. n