A method for applying a surgical fastener including the steps of providing a fastener applier having an elongated shaft with at least one fastener located within the elongated shaft. The fastener has a pair of bosses extending laterally therefrom. The fastener has an open and closed position. The method further includes the step of inserting the distal end of the shaft into a target location within a body of a patient. Thereafter, the method includes applying at least one fastener within a body of a patient. This step involves the steps of advancing the at least one fastener within the shaft so it is adjacent the distal end, placing the fastener in contact with tissue, and closing the fastener by moving the bosses away from each other as the fastener is advanced distally.