BUCKIE manager Graeme Stewart claimed the 3-0 win over Rothes on Wednesday night was their best performance of the season.
"In terms of the general play we were excellent. We passed the ball well and looked really fit and strong," he said.
The Jags dominated the first half and could have been four or five goals up inside the opening 20 minutes.
Steven Ross missed a sitter, heading wide with the first attack of the game inside two minutes.
They passed up a string of other chances including when John McLeod clipped a shot wide when just the goalkeeper to beat.
Buckie made the breakthrough with the last move of the game when Daniel Moore’s clumsy challenge on Sam Urquhart was harshly judged to be a penalty. Urquhart made no mistake with the spot kick.
"We were probably fortunate with the penalty," admitted Stewart.
"The longer it stayed nil-nil, we gave them a chance. We missed two sitters in the first half.
Rothes had Paul McLeod shown a straight red card three minutes into the second half, which was a harsh decision, and Buckie grabbed a second goal McLeod finished off a pass from Kevin Fraser (60).
Skipper Fraser rounded off the win when he fired home from inside the box.
Cove maintained their three point advantage with a 4-1 win over Deveronvale.
There was a 4-2 defeat for Turriff at home to Formartine, Huntly went down 2-0 to Fraserburgh and Keith lost 2-1 at Clach.
Buckie play Championship leaders Dunfermline Athletic in the Irn Bru Challenge Cup this Saturday.
"We are looking forward to the game and we are going to try and get a win," said Stewart.
"We beat Brechin in the last round and we are confident we can get something out of the game, so we will give it our best."
Winger Stuart Taylor (22) said: "We didn’t have the best of starts to our season and we are beginning to put that right now. I thought we played some good football.
"There are always things to improve on. It is a competitive team and it is up to me to push for a place. Since I have been here it has been spells of being in and out of the team."
Looking ahead to Dunfermline, he added: "We always look to try and give ourselves a good showing. We have done that in the cups at the start of the season and Scottish Cups of the past and I think we will do that again on Saturday and look for an upset."