Jordan Owens bagged a brace after coming on as a substitute as Crusaders knocked Glenavon off the top of the table.
Owens struck twice in the second half – with a header and then close-range finish – after Timmy Adamson had given the Crues the lead.
It was a performance that boss Stephen Baxter had seen coming over the last few weeks as the Crues blew away the Lurgan Blues.
“I thought it was a top drawer display. We could have been two goals ahead early on, Decland Caddell missed two sitters,” said Baxter.
“But once we got the first goal I thought we settled down. Glenavon, on the other hand, didn’t really threaten us. Colin Coates were able to deal with the long balls and the long throw-ins.
“I think a win in this fashion had been coming. The goals will start to flow and the confidence levels will lift. To be fair our recent performances have been excellent, I’ve never doubted the boys.
“You just have to take a look at the quality of our bench - Gary McCutcheon can’t even get into our starting XI at the moment. We need all of our players working hard and fighting for their places.
“This was just one more game for us. Now we have to prepare for a tough game at Cliftonville and that is where our focus turns to.”
For Gary Hamilton, whose side drop to second behind Mid-Ulster rivals Portadown, was left feeling disappointed with his side’s display – although he didn’t feel the scoreline was a true reflection on the game.
“I thought we were well in the game in the first half. We fell behind after an unbelievable decision in the build-up to Crusaders’ opener,” he said.
“There was a blatant foul on Andy Kilmartin by Coates in the middle of the pitch. Everybody else has seen it, including the Fourth Official who told me it was a free-kick.
“We can’t understand how it works. I’m not criticising anyone because maybe the referee hasn’t seen it but if the Fourth Official has then why doesn’t he help him out?”
However Hamilton conceded this his side imploded in the last 20 minutes.
“After the break I though we were still in it and got ourselves set up again. But the last two goals were our fault.
“Andy Coleman, who has been excellent for us all season, didn’t deal with the crosses for the two goals. Everyone makes mistakes, though, and they can be highlighted even more when you are a goalkeeper.
“We played as well as we have done at Seaview for a long time but it’s still disappointing to come away with nothing.
“Crusaders dominated in the last 20 minutes and we have to offer our congratulations to them.”