Kris Hunter commended Formartine’s “tremendous” first-half after securing a 3-1 victory at Lossiemouth.
The North Lodge Park side extended their winning run to five league games with the result.
Callum Dingwall opened the scoring after nine minutes for Formartine.
Martin Charlesworth levelled for Lossie 10 minutes later.
But in-form Garry Wood bagged a brace, with goals in the 21st and 31st minutes, to clinch the three points.
After a tricky start to the campaign, Formartine appear to have hit their stride and are now just one point off second-placed Cove Rangers.
Hunter called the first 45 minutes as good as anything he has seen in his time with the club.
He said: “In the first-half we were tremendous, some of the best football I’ve seen from my team.
“We should have been a lot more goals in front but Lossie changed their shape and they made it a lot more difficult so fair play to them.”
Hunter praised the impact of Jamie Masson, Shane Jamieson and Wood in particular.
Formartine’s top scorer last year, Wood has refound his touch in front of goal after starting the season in defence.
And Hunter is pleased to see him finding his form again.
He said: “It’s good that we’ve managed to keep the same team the last couple of weeks.
“Garry was our top goalscorer last year and when you have someone like him playing the way he can, it can help you win games.”
Nairn County and Forres Mechanics played out a spectacular 4-4 draw at Station Park.
Gary Kerr’s hat-trick was not enough to clinch the three points for the home side.
The visitors were 2-0 up after 13 minutes thanks to Lee Fraser and Stuart Soane.
But Kerr and Kenny McKenzie both scored to pull it back to 2-2 within 10 minutes.
Kerr’s next effort was cancelled out by Liam Baxter before the Nairn man sealed his treble on 68 minutes.
But Graham Fraser popped up with another equaliser with just four minutes to share the spoils.
Turriff’s league struggles continued as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Clach.
The result leaves Ross Jack’s side 10th in the table.