Johnny Hunt believes patience was an important factor in Chester FC's convincing defeat of Torquay United at the weekend.
The Blues, who ran out 4-1 winners, made a blistering start and went ahead inside 15 seconds when Ross Hannah fired past Gulls keeper Dan Lavercombe.
Chester bossed the opening half hour but wasted chances to increase the advantage and the visitors looked to be gaining a foothold in the contest.
But two goals in quick succession from Ryan Higgins and Hannah sent the hosts into the break leading 3-0 and Hannah sealed the win when he completed his hat-trick following Hunt's pass after Andre Wright's bizarre strike gave the Gulls slim hopes of a comeback.
Hunt said afterwards: "It felt like a long time coming to be honest.
"We knew we had the chance to put a lot of goals past a team and we started off well and got an early goal which helped us on Saturday.
"We said beforehand that we wanted to start fast and Ross is on fire at the moment and we just keep feeding the ball into him and it seems to be going on but I think as a team in that first half an hour we did really well.
"It was important for us to stay positive because if we had have gone into half-time at 1-0 then it would have made it a lot tougher but we stuck at it and kept playing the way we wanted to play and we got the two goals before half-time.
"We knew we still had to come out in the second-half and their goal gave us a bit of a shake even though I don't think the lad meant it.
"I'll admit I thought 'don't start now' and whether that was going to be our bad luck again but we got back at them and got another goal and made it safe."
Chester manager Steve Burr reverted to a 3-5-2 shape against Torquay with Hunt and Higgins given licence to bomb forward as wing backs.
Hunt felt the formation worked well but cautioned that it's a system that will need further work in order to succeed against the better sides in the division.
He said: "Ryan's scored and I've set up one up so it's obviously worked.
"It's a formation that you do need to work on because, and no disrepect to Torquay, when we come up against the teams at the top of the table we've got to be organised but it worked.
"We've had this over the season where we've played a few different formations and done well but we need to get a bit of consistency because that's all we're missing now I think.
"We've got Ross on fire and we need to make that next step now and go and win another one or two games and that's when we can really start to kick on."