TWO goals inside the opening 15 minutes secured the points for Buckie Thistle against Turriff Utd.
The win has given the Jags a real boost ahead of the sides' Scottish Cup clash at Victoria Park in two weeks time.
Goals from Donnie Munro and Nikki Smith gave Buckie the perfect start and they could have been even further ahead at the break.
The visitors came more into the game after the break but Buckie restricted them to few opportunities.
The win was marred slightly for boss Gary Hake when Lewis Mackinnon was shown a straight red card late on after ref Callum Spence deemed he had headbutted Turriff player-boss Mark Simpson, who was himself shown a second yellow card following the incident.
"It was a horrendous decision," said Buckie boss Hake of the Mackinnon red card.
"We played some smashing stuff in the first half. We have played like that in spells in previous games but when we have been on top we haven't scored. We managed to do that today," he added.
Missing Zander Sutherland, Martin Charlesworth and Shaun Scott, Buckie paired Aaron Shand and Nikki Smith up front, and they caused Turriff lots of problems in the first half as Buckie threatened to run riot.
Elsewhere, Lossiemouth finally got their first league win of the season at the seventh attempt, thanks to a Tony Ross goal 20 minutes from the end of their home clash with Strathspey Thistle.
Forres Thistle were 2-0 up at Mosset Park thanks to goals from Simon Allan (29) and Ryan Green early in the second half.
However, a Neil Gauld hat-trick turned the game on its head and earned the points for visitors Inverurie Locos.
Huntly were narrow 1-0 winners at Fort William and had to rely on a goal from Andrzej Kleczkowski 12 minutes from the end to secure the victory.
Rothes were two down inside eight minutes at Cove Rangers who eventually ran out comfortable 5-0 winners.
Nairn County won the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup, defeating Wick Academy 2-1 after extra-time.
Other Highland League results: Brora Rangers 4, Deveronvale 1; Fraserburgh 2, Formartine Utd 3.