WREXHAM got their promotion bid back on track with a stunning 2-0 victory over League Two leaders Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
Denis Smith's team ripped apart John Gorman's visitors, and early strikes from Dennis Lawrence and new-boy Sam Williams were scant reward for a display bristling with energy and invention.
Racecourse boss Smith always expected his men to push on after the new year. And if this performance is anything to go by, they will definitely be in the shake-up come May.
Coach Brian Carey said: 'We're delighted. I don't think there was one player out there who you could say didn't do it.
'We're more than capable of playing like that, but we've just been inconsistent. I thought we were very good today, rather than the opposition being poor.'
Manager Smith paired the returning Juan Ugarte alongside Williams in attack and, in doing so, resisted the temptation to play Lawrence up front despite his goalscoring performance against TNS in the FAW Premier Cup three days earlier.
The big defender played up top in that game due to an injury to Jon Walters. But even though he was back at centre-back on Saturday, that didn't stop him from opening the scoring in the 12th minute.
Matt Crowell - in for injured captain Darren Ferguson - picked him out from his third corner of the afternoon, and the stand-in skipper expertly nodded into the top corner.
Four minutes later it was 2-0 thanks to another superbly taken header. Again, Crowell was the creator, escaping down the right and producing a cross that begged to be converted. Williams duly obliged.
Wrexham refused to sit on their lead, with Ugarte forcing goalkeeper Matt Duke into a low save, before Clint Easton made a last-gasp tackle to deny Williams a second.
If Williams was unlucky, Simon Spender was just wasteful after being set up by the impressive Levi Mackin - on as a substitute for the injured Mark Jones.
Spender did much better with the first chance of the second half, as his stinging drive skimmed the post.
In the build-up to that move, Ugarte went down holding his knee. And the home fans' worst fears were confirmed when he limped off.
But that was the only bleak spot on a day of positives for the Reds, who could have added more, with the superb midfield trio of Jim Whitley, Crowell and Mackin all going close. nNEWI Cefn Druids' bid for Welsh Cup glory came to an end on Saturday after losing 5-3 to Rhyl.
After Darren Williams put Druids into an early lead, visitors Rhyl went 2-1 up. But then new-boy Mike Heverin blasted a quickfire double to put the hosts back in front, only for the seasiders to storm back to book their place in the quarter-finals.
Druids get back to the important business of trying to maintain their Welsh Premier League status on Saturday with a trip to Newtown. nGresford Athletic gave their Cymru Alliance survival hopes a big lift with a 2-1 win at Holyhead Hotspur on Saturday - Craig Williams and Kevin Todd on target. The Clappers Lane men are in NEWFA Challenge Cup action on Saturday, with a fourth-round trip to Rhos Aelwyd.
Neighbours Lex XI are in third-round combat at Mynydd Isa. The Stansty Park outfit recorded a 2-1 success over Ruthin Town on Saturday - Martin Plant and Robbie Nevitt the scorers.
Queens Park are in league action on Saturday against Llandudno. Last Saturday, they drew 0-0 with Glantraeth. nNEWI/Wrexham Ladies earned a 1-1 draw with leaders Colwyn Bay - Steph Knott the Reds' scorer.