The result means that Dikwena have ended any chance of being sucked into the relegation play-off position this season, while the Free State side are now trailing a top eight place by two points having slipped to ninth.
After a goalless first half, the game came to life in the second period and it was the home side who took the lead on 68 minutes as Lebo Ramolesa, who scored his third of the season from close-range.
Having joined the North West side at the start of the season from Free State Stars’ great rivals Bloemfontein Celtic, that will have been a sweet goal for the midfielder.
But the visitors hit back just five minutes later as Manti Moholo scored from Mpho Makola’s cross to make the score 1-1.
Stars now go into their final game of the season away to BidVest Wits on May 21 knowing that they could finish as high as ninth this season with a win, which would be a solid ending to what has been a difficult campaign.
Stars are at home to SuperSport United, who they need to overhaul with a win in order to finish in the top eight.