North End travelled to struggling Peterborough with expectation in the air but the game was far from a classic. The bobbly pitch and strong wind made playing conditions far from perfect.
Preston had most of the possession in good areas in the first twenty minutes but the closest they came was from a Hughes mis-hit cross which hit the bar. The home side then came back into the game.
Peterborough's closest effort was actually ruled out for offside when Iversen tipped a shot onto the bar but the hosts were positive and felt they could get something from the game.
The second half was drifting away after both sides made substitutes. Peterborough hit the bar from a thirty yard free kick and looked to threaten Iversen's goal.
The game was heading for a draw until one special moment. Archer found himself a little bit of space in the box. He pivoted and curled in a left foot shot into the corner past the keeper.
The on loan strike was the difference between the two sides in a game where Preston had performed well below par. The three points are all that matters and North End are now in a group of teams pressing for the top six places.
Momentum has definitely changed over the past few months and Lowe will be hoping that Preston can continue their recent run as they end the month with three games where points will be crucial.