Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro led the way with a fine hat-trick as Shrewsbury Town turned on the style to beat Bury 5-0.The Frenchman had only previously scored once this season, a penalty against Accrington Stanley in August, but Bury had no answer as he completed his treble early in the second half of a one-sided clash.
Akpa Akpro had a loan spell at Bury last season in which he failed to score, but the Shakers had no answer to his lethal finishing, much to the delight of Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon.
"He's capable of that," said Mellon. "Everybody says if Jean-Louis added goals to his performances he probably wouldn't be playing for Shrewsbury, he would probably be playing in the higher end of the Championship.
"He needs to score more goals because, as you've seen here, he's well capable of that."
Skipper Connor Goldson and substitute Jordan Clark also weighed in as Shrewsbury eased to their biggest win of the season.
"It was a really good performance, top class," enthused Mellon. "We've scored goals at very good times. Bury are a really good side and we've took our chances when they've come along. It was important we did that in a game I thought would be very, very tight."
Shrewsbury, who remain unbeaten at home, are now up to fifth in the League 2 table after stringing together three successive victories.
"Any kind of result was going to be massive for us," added Mellon. "We got a terrific result at York [last Saturday] and we had to get a result.
"We left ourselves a little bit to do with not picking up points in previous weeks on the road.
"The result is terrific but it was more important we came out of the game with three points because Bury have blazed a path in front of us and they'll continue to do that.
"Any team that finishes above them, if indeed anybody does, will find themselves getting promoted because they're a very good side."