After returning to the top of the Highland League table Cove Rangers manager John Sheran challenged his players to keep on winning.
A 6-2 victory against Rothes at a foggy Balmoral Stadium moves the champions three points clear of rivals Brora Rangers – with a game in hand.
Cove have seven games left and boss Sheran said: “We are just counting the games now and saying to the boys ‘lets get another three points’ every time.
“When you’re playing with a few guys with little knocks and injuries you are just trying to nurse everyone through the game and we did that.
“I’m only interested in being top of the league after 34 games. The important thing just now is that we keep winning.
“It was job done and the three points was all that mattered. We weren’t worrying what the score was so long as we won.
“They scored the first goal and it was slightly fortuitous in that it took a nick off Eric Watson.
“But after that the reaction was great and we scored some great goals before half-time and the two after the break were first-class.
“Rightly, the boys took their foot off the gas and Rothes got another goal but getting the points was all that mattered.
“I thought we moved the ball about really well, the tempo was good and we scored some really good goals.
“The pitch was really good and really slick which made it fantastic to play on.
“With the fog the difficulty was not the players seeing things but the coaching staff seeing on the touchline.
“On the park the players could see OK and that was shown in the quality of the passing.”
The game kicked off in thick fog, but referee Paul Cummings was happy to start it because there was enough visibility for the players and officials on the pitch.
On the quarter-hour the visitors led with a fantastic goal on the break. Craig CORMACK was released down the left and he cut inside and unleashed a fearsome right foot shot from 25 yards into the top right corner.
After upping the tempo Cove levelled just after the half-hour when Connor SCULLY found some space and fired home a low left-foot shot from 20 yards.
Five minutes before the break Cove led 2-1 when Daniel Park and Scully took a short corner and Scully found Jordon BROWN, who guided home a shot from 14 yards.
A minute before the interval Cove got a third when a mix-up in the Rothes defence allowed Paul McManus to pounce on the right side of box and square for Mitch MEGGINSON to tap home from a yard out.
On the whistle it was four when Dale Wood lost possession in the middle of the park and Cove broke, with Park sending MEGGINSON through and he finished clinically for his 40th of the season.
It was 5-1 on 48 minutes when Park put McMANUS through and he rounded keeper Robbie Donaldson and finished.
Seven minutes later it was 6-1 when PARK fired home the rebound from close range after McManus’ initial effort had been smothered by keeper Donaldson. Rothes rallied late in the game and Steven Anderson set up Jack MALEY for a consolation with 13 minutes left.