Manager David Flitcroft admitted he was overwhelmed by Bury's performance as they won 4-0 at home to Plymouth to keep alive their play-off hopes.
Andrew Tutte gave the Shakers an eighth-minute lead before Danny Nardiello converted a 50th-minute penalty and struck again three minutes later. Substitute Danny Rose added a fourth goal with two minutes remaining to put Flitcroft's men seven points behind seventh-placed York.
Bury have three games left to make up the deficit and visit the Minstermen on Easter Monday.
``I was quite emotional after the game,`` said Flitcroft. ``It's exhilarating when you get a complete performance - and I think that was.
``I've asked a lot of the players and staff in recent months. We've put in the hard yards behind the scenes and days like today put the gloss on it.
``I was pleased to keep a clean sheet in the first half but I think the timing of the second goal was key. We were moving the ball around well and it demoralised them. They threw caution to the wind, they left themselves open, and we exploited that.
``On another day, Danny Rose could have had three. We finished with four and could have won it by more, so overall we dismantled a very good team.``
Plymouth are a point above Bury in ninth place and six points behind York, but Argyle manager John Sheridan has now written off their play-off hopes.
He said: ``I've got to apologise to all the fans for that performance. It was abysmal. You shouldn't be coming to Bury and getting beat 4-0.
``We had chances in the first half but once the third goal went in we gave in. You've got to have a bit of fight in you.
``Since we got into the play-off places we've gone backwards - and I don't know why. I expected us to push on, to have drive and belief we could get in the play-offs, but we haven't shown it so it's made my decision easy on certain players.
``The season is over now. I've got to plan for next year now and I'm going to build a team that'll be pushing [for promotion].``