Hartlepool continued their upturn in form, easily seeing off Crewe.
John Hughes's side were dominant throughout and are now just six points from safety, having appeared doomed to relegation at Christmas.
Jonathan Franks and Jack Baldwin combined to allow Charlie Wyke to put Pools ahead and Franks doubled the lead, firing low past Steve Phillips.
The Alex keeper denied Wyke, James Poole and Evan Horwood, before Andy Monkhouse smashed in for 3-0.
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