QUEENS fans breathed an audible sigh of relief when substitute Gavin Reilly hit the back of the net for his sides second goal to secure victory in their second division debut.
For a Dumfries side which started brightly and went ahead through Derek Lyle faded after the break, allowing Forfar to turn up the pressure.
And it was only due to the visitors poor finishing that they failed to equalise the home sides opener.
Manager Allan Johnston admitted: They did put us under pressure with high balls and throw- ins, but I was delighted we kept a clean sheet. We should probably have scored more in the first half, but at the end of the day I'm delighted.
Queens piled on the pressure in the early stages and Forfar were lucky when Lyle raced clear of the defenders and crossed for Dan Orsi to head goalwards, only to see the ball headed to safety by Mark McCulloch.
Forfar charged upfield and forced two corners which the Dumfries defenders struggled to clear.
Queens retaliated through Lyle with keeper Derek Soutar having to bring off a diving save to push out his shot.
The striker was prominent again with a shot across goal which Bolochoweckyj cleared off the line.
But Lyle was on the mark in 32 minutes when a long ball went over the heads of the Forfar defence and he warded off a challenge then rounded a second defender before slipping the ball past the helpless keeper.
Minutes later the keeper was caught off his line in clearing and Clark saw his lob from 30 yards headed off the line by Bolochoweckyj.
Forfar stepped up their game after the interval and had the Dumfries defence under pressure for much of the early stages.
Their long balls and throws into the box saw the Queens men clearing anywhere for safety.
With the Dumfries side having lost a lot of their early sparkle, they rarely troubled the Forfar defenders but were unlucky on one occasion when Lyle did create an opening and Clark saw his shot rebound from the post.
But with Forfar pressing for an equaliser and looking as if they might possibly get it, fate turned the other way as they were hit on the break.
Substitute Reilly who had been on just 10 minutes ran on to a pass and waltzed past two defenders before slamming the ball past the keeper to keep the full points at Palmerston.
Queens: Lyle 32, Reilly 88.
Queen of the South: Robinson, McGuffie, Holt, Durnan, Higgins, Orsi, Mitchell, McKenna, Carmichael, Lyle (Reilly 79), Clark. Substitutes not used: Johnston, Black, Hopkirk, Atkinson.
Forfar: Soutar, McCulloch, I Campbell, Bolochoweckyj, Tulloch, Motion, Gibson (Dunlop 25), Templeman, Denholm (King 80), R Campbell (Kadar 86), Swankie. Substitutes not used: Sellars, Scott.
Referee: Mike Tumilty.