Bury manager David Flitcroft credited his side for heeding his words on being more ruthless in front of goal after they recorded an impressive 3-0 success at struggling Northampton Town.
First-half goals from Hallam Hope, who had a spell at Sixfields earlier in the season, and Danny Mayor put the Shakers on their way. Substitute Danny Rose added a third goal in stoppage-time as Bury finally found form in front of goal to end a run of four games without a win.
Flitcroft said: "We knew this was a game we couldn't lose and we worked very hard coming into it on keeping a clean sheet.
"It was important we didn't give Northampton anything to feed off and we didn't.
"We've talked about how we need to show intent in these games and put teams to the sword and we certainly did those things in this game. They threw the kitchen sink at us with 20 minutes to go but you expect that.
"I wasn't thinking about how the result would affect Northampton and what it does for them. You have to just focus on your own job and the things you can control.
"What I do know is that they've passed a test of character here and it's part of a step-by-step process of building a side."
Cobblers manager Chris Wilder saw his team extend their winless run to five games as they came up well short.
He said: "That was an unacceptable performance. The players seemed to be feeling sorry for themselves but with only few games to go they can't do that.
"They cannot do that, they have to drive themselves and their team-mates on.
"It's all about decision making and out of the 14 players that played a part only five or six performed. They need to do better in all aspects of their game.
"We had to change the way we set up before kick-off but we started quite well. I thought we shaded the opening period before we conceded a ridiculous goal.
"But we've conceded two goals and given ourselves a mountain to climb. We were the architect's of our downfall and we had to chase the game again.
"I keep saying we need to score the first goal in games and we are not doing that. We are getting edgy and nervous in our performances.
"We've got some experienced players and they've got to do better. We've got some big players who didn't perform."