GRAHAM Barrow has singled out Jon Walters as one of the major factors behind Chester City's resurgence.
The Blues are up to 10th in the League Two table on the back of a run of three successive League Two wins.
Their next test is an away trip to managerless Mansfield Town tonight and City assistant boss Barrow hopes striker Jon Walters can continue his rich vein of form.
The former Wrexham man is Chester's leading scorer this season with nine goals, including three in his last four games.
Barrow said: 'Jon has always been a striker you'd love to play alongside yourself because of his work ethic. Now he's putting the icing on the cake and he looks like scoring every time he goes out on the pitch.
'I think he is a dream player to play with and I think Gregg Blundell and Lee Steele would admit to that. He gives you everything, which is all you can ask for.'
Chester have no fresh injury worries and are likely to stick with the line-up that returned from Peterborough United on Saturday with a 2-0 win.
Barrow added: 'On a personal basis, I thought the 2-0 win at Peterborough was better than the 4-1 win over Lincoln.
'I just thought it was an outstanding performance. They just didn't get anywhere near our goal. I don't think John Danby was troubled at all and that was more like our old defending.'
Centre-back Sean Hessey was pushed forward into a defensive midfield role and the tactical switch worked a treat, giving Roberto Martinez and Jamie Hand licence to get forward and support the strikers.
'Sean's got as much natural ability as any player I've seen at this level,' said Barrow. 'His versatility sometimes hasn't helped him but that was a role the gaffer had a look at in pre-season. We just thought the time was right to give him a run.
'He helped us play the game another 20 yards further forward.'
* Chester's youth team claimed a 2-1 win at Macclesfield on Saturday in their final match of the year.