THREE hard-earned points at Chester's Bumpers Lane Stadium eased relegation worries, and two wins from the remaining eight games should be enough to ensure Football League safety.
Following the lacklustre display at Wycombe Wanderers, City recovered their hunger for the battle, and in the second half turned in their best 45 minutes of attacking football this season, which was hailed by the loudest cheer for a year by fans at the end.
Michael Branch and Robbie Foy are turning into one of the best predatory partnerships at this level of football.
Branch turned in another breathtaking performance, and registered his second consecutive brace of goals, following on from his double at the Causeway Stadium last weekend.
County took the lead after 23 minutes when the City defence failed to deal with a long throw from Gill. Stallard touched the ball on, and Glynn Hurst registered from six yards.
Chester came back strongly, but their equaliser after 28 minutes had a little bit of good fortune about it.
Foy's cross should have been cut out by Pipe, but the defender made an awful hash of his attemped clearance, allowing Stewart Drummond to score.
City were dominant at the start of the second period and Branch gave them the lead when he regis-tered an exquisite goal.
Ben Davies was the orchestrator, laying a delightful defence-splitting ball to the ex Everton and Wolves striker who took it on before hammering it past Elliott.
After 77 minutes, the same combination conspired to score City's superb third goal.
Davies again threaded a pinpoint cross from midfield, Branch took the ball on at pace, and stroked the ball under the diving Elliott.
Substitute Ruben Zadkovich scored a second for County eight minutes from the end, but it was too little too late, and Chester deservedly took the three points.
City manager Ian Rush enthused: "We were absolutely superb. We are still not out of trouble, and we have just got to keep battling.
"It's the first time since I came here that I felt the supporters really got behind the team and that makes a massive difference to them. I think that spurred the players on."
Rush was enthusiastic about the contribution made by man-of-the-match Michael Branch, "They were fantastic, real strikers' goals and he took them really well."
CHESTER CITY: Mackenzie, Edmondson, Hope, Phil Bolland, Nicholas, Davies, Drummond, Sestanovich (Booth, 88), M Brown, Foy (O'Neill, 86), Branch. Subs: W Brown, Regan, Hessey.