Three points early in the second half from the under-strength visitors, who harboured slim hopes of avoiding the drop, left Sligo trailing, 0-10 to 1-4, by the 41st minute.
But Sligo, with midfielder James Kilcullen leading by example, drew level with 15 minutes to go (1-8 to 0-11) and four unanswered points in the last quarter — three of these from top scorer Adrian Marren — ensured a composed ending for the home side, whose attacked improved with Niall Murphy’s introduction. An even first-half ended level, 1-4 to 0-7, as Sligo failed to build on Pat Hughes’ fisted goal after 13 minutes. Wicklow knitted some fine moves together and the lively John McGrath notched four of their seven points in the opening period.
Scorers for Sligo: A Marren (0-6, 3f), M Breheny (0-3, 2f), P Hughes (1-0), N Murphy (0-2), B Egan (0-1).
Scorers for Wicklow: J McGrath (0-5, 3f), A O’Malley (0-2), K Murphy (0-1), P McWalter (0-1), D Healy (0-1), P Earls (0-1).
SLIGO: P Greene, C Harrison, R Donovan, K Cryan, K Cawley, A McIntyre, B Curran, E Mullen, J Kilcullen, S McManus, P Hughes, B Egan, M Breheny, K Sweeney, A Marren.
Subs: T Taylor for J Kilcullen (’blood’ sub), 5; J Kelly for C Harrison, 49; N Murphy for K Sweeney, 52; T Taylor for E Mullen, 55.
WICKLOW: R Lambert, C Hyland, D Power, A Byrne, D Hayden, S Byrne, D Healy, J Stafford, A McLoughlin, K Murphy, P MacWalter, D Woods, J McGrath, A O’Malley, P Earls.
Subs: N Mernagh for D Woods, 51; L Benson for P MacWalter, 61; P Dalton for K Murphy, 61; J Bolger for S Byrne 65.
Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry).