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."
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.90:00 +3:23
Effort from inside the area by James Mulley misses to the left of the goal.90:00 +1:31
Daniel Sparkes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Mills. David Morgan takes the direct free kick.89:46
David Morgan concedes a free kick for a foul on Kaine Sheppard. Daniel Sparkes restarts play with the free kick.87:41
The offside flag is raised against Vadaine Oliver. Danny Naisbitt takes the indirect free kick.85:33 Substitution
Substitution Matthew Paine comes on in place of Kenny Davis.84:20
Peter Gilbert challenges James Mulley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Sparkes.82:26
Jake Sheridan takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Massey.80:41
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Mulley on Peter Gilbert. Paul Farman takes the direct free kick.77:47
Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.77:47 Substitution
Substitution (Lincoln City) makes a substitution, with David Morgan coming on for Adam Smith.77:47
Vadaine Oliver gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Habergham.75:30
Foul by Jake Sheridan on Sam Habergham, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.74:59
Corner taken by Daniel Sparkes from the left by-line.74:16
Kaine Sheppard takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Miller.73:11
Effort from outside the penalty box by Adam Smith goes wide right of the goal.72:25
Daniel Sparkes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Sheridan. Direct free kick taken by Gary Mills.70:22
Mamadou Fofana concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Sparkes. Direct free kick taken by Brad Quinton.69:29 Substitution
Substitution Kaine Sheppard replaces Sean Marks.68:52
Daniel Sparkes has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Sam Habergham fouled by Jake Sheridan, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.66:46
Corner taken by Brad Quinton from the left by-line.66:17
Corner taken left-footed by Sam Habergham, Andrew Boyce manages to make a clearance.65:18
Kenny Davis challenges Jake Sheridan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Mills restarts play with the free kick.62:49 Substitution
Substitution Colin Larkin on for Jamie Taylor.62:49 Substitution
Substitution (Lincoln City) makes a substitution, with Vadaine Oliver coming on for Alan Power.60:18 Substitution
Substitution Nicky Symons goes off and Daniel Sparkes comes on.60:18
Effort from outside the penalty box by James Mulley goes wide right of the goal.58:48
Andrew Boyce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Mulley. Direct free kick taken by Brad Quinton, Kenny Davis takes a shot. Save by Paul Farman.56:18
The assistant referee flags for offside against Dan Holman. Andrew Boyce takes the free kick.52:19
Mamadou Fofana gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brad Quinton. Sam Habergham takes the direct free kick.48:08 Goal scored
Goal! - Jamie Taylor - Lincoln 3 - 0 Braintree Jamie Taylor grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Lincoln City 3-0 Braintree Town.46:24
Assist on the goal came from Jamie Taylor.46:24 Goal scored
Goal! - Andrew Boyce - Lincoln 2 - 0 Braintree Andrew Boyce finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Lincoln City 2-0 Braintree Town.45:45
Corner from left by-line taken by Alan Power.45:01
The second half kicks off.45:00 +1:36 Half time
Half Time The half-time whistle blows.44:00
Shot from outside the box by Nicky Symons misses to the left of the target.37:54
Gary Mills concedes a free kick for a foul on Pat O'Connor. Dean Wells takes the direct free kick.37:30
Gary Mills takes a shot. Danny Naisbitt makes a comfortable save.35:48
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Power from the left by-line, Effort from deep inside the area by Andrew Boyce misses to the right of the target.35:21
Adam Smith takes a shot. Danny Naisbitt makes a save.32:44
Effort from the edge of the box by Dan Holman goes wide of the left-hand post.29:16
The offside flag is raised against James Mulley. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.26:58
Dan Holman is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Farman.25:58
Alan Massey fouled by Gary Mills, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.23:31
Jamie Taylor is caught offside. Danny Naisbitt takes the indirect free kick.18:21
Effort from the edge of the box by Adam Smith goes wide of the right-hand upright.15:58
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Brad Quinton, Andrew Boyce manages to make a clearance. Shot by James Mulley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.15:24
Dan Holman takes a shot. Save made by Paul Farman.13:17
The ball is delivered by Adam Smith.12:36
Brad Quinton takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Farman.12:05
Tom Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean Marks. Brad Quinton restarts play with the free kick.11:42
Jamie Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Danny Naisbitt.10:19
Sean Marks concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Boyce. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.6:45
Inswinging corner taken by Alan Power, Alan Massey makes a clearance.4:33 Goal scored
Goal! - Alan Massey - Lincoln 1 - 0 Braintree Own goal by Alan Massey. Lincoln City 1-0 Braintree Town.2:43
Unfair challenge on Mamadou Fofana by Dan Holman results in a free kick. Tom Miller restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The referee gets the match started.
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