Chidiebere Nwobodo’s 49th minute goal not only earned Rangers maximum points at home, but it also landed the Flying Antelopes at No 3, even if temporarily.
Rangers reached that point but have to wait for the outcome of Sunday’s games involving Remo Stars and Akwa United to know if they will stay or go down for that spot.
While Remo Stars host Sunshine Stars, Akwa United will be away to Abia Warriors.
In the other match of the day, Heartland also triumphed by the same scoreline, profiting from the 11th minute goal by Jonas Emmanuel.
Those maximum points pushed Heartland out of the danger zone to No 14.
Saturday’s results: Rangers 1-0 Gombe United, Heartland 1-0 Niger Tornadoes
Sunday’s matches that may affect Heartland’s standing are Kano Pillars v Nasarawa United, Abia Warriors v Akwa United and Plateau United v Katsina United
Sunday’s remaining games: Dakkada v Enyimba, MFM v Kwara United, Remo Stars v Sunshine Stars, Wikki Tourist v Lobi Stars, Rivers United v Shooting Stars (all 4 pm)