John Sheran was delighted by his team’s attacking display as they thumped Nairn County 5-2.
Goals from Daniel Park and debutant Paul McManus, along with a hat-trick from Ryan Stott, saw the champions close the gap at the top to just four points.
Wayne Mackintosh and Gregg Main scored for the hosts as both sides ended the game with 10 men.
Cove boss Sheran was pleased with his side’s efforts after another big win to keep their title hopes alive.
He said: “We were really happy with the performance. It took a wee while to break them down but it was some great interplay between the attacking players that broke them down.”
Inverurie Locos took the lead three times at home to Keith but were pegged back to a 3-3 draw.
Fraserburgh closed the gap to fourth-placed Formartine to one point with a 2-1 win at Deveronvale, with all three goals coming in the last nine minutes of the first half.
Wick missed the chance to add more pressure on the Pitmedden side as they drew 2-2 at home to Forres.
Clach beat Lossiemouth 2-0 at home to solidify their position in 10th, thanks to goals from Daniel Maclennan and Jamie Wilson.
Formartine beat Strathspey 6-2 away from home in the Highland League Cup, with Conor Gethins grabbing a hat-trick for Kris Hunter’s side.