SLIGO Rovers boss Ian Baraclough praised his side's performance as the reigning Airtricity League Premier Division champions reclaimed top spot with a stunning 3-0 win over Derry City.
Lee Lynch, David Cawley and Ross Gaynor got the goals in a convincing display in front of 4,256 at The Showgrounds, as the Candystripes fell to a first league defeat since the Bit O' Red beat them in the Brandywell on the opening night of the season.
Baraclough said: "I think we stepped it up and took it to another level. These are the performances I have been asking for all season.
"The lads have been frustrated at times, and you could understand if there was a bit of edginess with them coming into the game given recent results.
"But I thought that was our most complete performance this season."
Lynch fired in the opener from an Alan Keane cross in the 38th minute,
Cawley converted Pascal Millien's cross from the right on 53 minutes and Gaynor scored from the penalty spot after 68 minutes.
Derry boss Declan Devine was angry his side were not awarded a penalty on 20 minutes.
Sean Houston released Barry McNamee and the Donegal native went down after slipping the ball past the dive of Rovers keeper Gary Rogers.
A penalty would also surely have meant a red card for Rogers, but instead referee Paul Tuite opted to book McNamee for diving.
Baraclough said: "We maybe rode our luck with one or two decisions."