ELGIN City produced their best performance of the season as they thumped Stirling Albion 4-0 at Borough Briggs on Saturday.
Manager Ross Jack said the victory had been coming after his side let a number of points slip in high scoring draws in recent weeks.
“I wanted us to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch and we were,” he said. “We scored some good goals and it was pleasing to shut them out at the back.”
Summer signing Shane Sutherland finally struck his first league goal of the season in his seventh game, slamming home a defelected Ally MacKenzie cross to open the scoring on 20 minutes.
Stirling, who hadn't lost an away league game since early March, threatened on several occasions and were on top going into half time when they were hit by a sucker punch.
A City break led to Brian Cameron unselfishly setting up Craig Gunn to tap into an empty net.
Gunn scored again just two minutes after the break with a deadly finish from Dennis Wyness' neat pass to end a superb move.
Wyness was denied by three fine saves as a rampant Elgin piled on the pressure, and Cameron completed the scoring with a good strike from the edge of the box on 78 minutes.
Captain Jamie Duff, standing in for the suspended David Niven, said the performance was more like what is expected of the team.
“After the last couple of weeks when we conceded six goals, we knew it was not good enough,” said the defender.
“We set ourselves high standards and we dropped below them in the past two games.
“So we were out to prove a few critics wrong and we did that today.”
Duff was playing only hours before competing in the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday morning, where he is raising funds for Cancer Research UK.
City's win was also god preparation for their tricky Scottish Cup trip to Highland League Keith next weekend.
Elgin: Jellema, Beveridge, McKinnon (McMullan 82), Crighton, Duff, Harkins (Khutsishvili 85), Gunn, Cameron, Wyness, Sutherland, MacKenzie (Urquhart 79). Subs: McLean, MacLeod, Black.