Peterhead manager Jim McInally praised his players for responding to a half-time rollocking to beat title rivals Stenhousemuir 4-1.
The Blue Toon triumphed at Ochilview thanks to a Rory McAllister penalty on the stroke of half-time and his second strike straight after the break with Russell McLean and Mason Robertson completing the scoring.
However, the Buchan side had fallen behind to a Mark McGuigan penalty on 28 minutes.
Boss McInally was raging with his side’s first- half display despite being level at the interval – and he made sure his players knew about it.
He said: “At half-time I went mental. I made sure the players knew it was not good enough. However, it was some result after the way we played in the first half because we were really poor. Then to get the goal right on half-time was a fantastic lift for us.
“It wasn’t that we conceded loads of chances or anything but we just weren’t playing well.
“We started well for about the first 10 minutes we were poor for the rest of the half, then we got a penalty and never looked back.
“In the first-half, we looked like we were playing a team we hadn’t beaten before and that we were just waiting to roll over and be beaten again by them.
“We told them to up the work-rate, win the battles and get on the front foot.
“They did all of that and once they did it, they never looked back.
“It was a performance where we totally dominated in the second-half, which is good against a team like Stenny because they are a hard team to play.”
The victory keeps Peterhead in second just a point behind league leaders Montrose with two games in hand and moves them eight clear of Stenny in third.
It also ends a run of five successive defeats against the Lions for the Blue Toon – who have now racked up 20 goals in their last four games.
McInally added: “It was brilliant to end that run against them and it’s also good because I’ve said before that I see them as a really strong team in this league.
“They are a team that are contenders for the title. There is a gap between us and Montrose and the rest, and it has been a terrific week for us.
“Now we need to push on, catch Montrose and get up there on top.”
McAllister’s brace takes him to 26 goals for the campaign in just 25 games and McInally praised the Blue Toon’s talisman.
He said: “I thought he was excellent – even in the first-half when we were poor.
“There weren’t many good performances in the first-half, I think David McCracken, Mason Robertson, Aidan McIlduff and Rory were the only ones who got pass marks at half-time.”