BARRY DOUGLAS staged a special goal celebration for new dad Paul Burns - but his team-mate had left Hampden early and missed it.
The full-back's header helped edge Queen's closer to a play-off slot and he didn't forget the traditional cradle celebration to mark the birth of Burns' baby.
Douglas, who is now the club's top scorer
for the season with four, said: "Paul asked me before the game if I got
a goal to give his wee boy a shout but I've since found out he left
five minutes before I made it 1-0.
"Never mind. At least we got the win and we're now confident of pushing for a play-off place.
"It doesn't matter where the goals come from as long as they are going in but it's always nice to contribute."
The best chance of the first half fell to Chris Hamilton after 27 minutes but the Queen's winger dragged his effort wide of Mark Peat's goal from 15 yards.
Berwick could have taken the lead just after the restart. Fraser McLaren was played through on goal by Paul Currie but the midfielder could only smash his effort off onrushing keeper Peter Hamilton.
Queen's took the lead in 63 minutes when Hamilton's inswinging corner was met by Douglas at the near post and he directed a glancing header into the net.
The home side sealed up all three points in the final minute when David Murray had the strength and composure to swivel under pressure and thrash the ball high into the net from inside the six-yard box.
Queen's boss Gardner Speirs said:"It's important to win when other teams are idle. I was pleased with the result, the performance and the clean sheet."
Berwick gaffer Jimmy Crease said:"We gave away two needless corner kicks and from there the marking wasn't good enough. It's hard to give anyone pass marks after that performance."