Lincoln City extended their unbeaten run to seven matches with a comprehensive victory over struggling Braintree.
Alan Massey headed into his own net to give the home side the lead after just five minutes.
Andrew Boyce nodded home the second from Jamie Taylor's cross, before Taylor himself headed in to make it 3-0 only two minutes later.
Dan Holman had Braintree's best effort but they fall into the relegation zone.
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Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:
"It's a fabulous result and an all-round solid, professional performance.
It could have been after the Lord Mayor's show, we had a terrific day in the FA Cup and pushed a good side to the limits and it could have fallen flat and people would have been ready to come out with excuses.
"But I didn't want excuses, I said 'let's show character and let's get at their side' and I felt if we used our pace we would get on the front foot. In the end it was a professional performance but also a very important defensive display.
"It's imperative that we keep our standards and it's important that we have a good squad. There's a healthy atmosphere at the moment and we want to continue that. It's all about standards for me.
"It's been a tight league from day one and we know we could be in a healthier position but we gave away some silly goals but we seem to have eradicated that, we're finally getting players fitter and having continuity in the side. That's seven games (unbeaten) now and I'm absolutely delighted."
Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:
"It didn't help us having a two week break. It's hurt us, we were a little bit sluggish, I think all three goals were mistakes.
"At this level, I think you need to keep the sharpness and the fitness and I think we've lost that.
"We've had a few chances, but the game's dead. It's very disappointing.
"It's a tight league. It's a bit false the situation where you are. One win and you suddenly go up four or five places, so I'm not going to panic."
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