BUCKIE Thistle closed the gap to leaders Cove Rangers to six points with a 4-1 win over Huntly on Wednesday night.
However, the Jags were made to work for the points against a team reduced to ten men early in the second half following Gary McGowan's straight red card for a tackle on Lewis Mackinnon.
Former Huntly defender Craig Dorrat had put Buckie ahead after just 37 seconds.
Huntly levelled soon after the start of the second half with a stunning goal by Mike Ewen.
They then had a chance to take the lead when Ross Anderson was penalised for a push on McGowan inside the box.
Defender Michael Clark's kick was well saved by Daniel Bell diving low to his left.
Moments later McGowan was dismissed and Buckie stepped on the gas.
Dorrat headed them back into the lead with a great header from a Shaun Carrol corner.
Steven Ross then headed a third goal before John McLeod completed the scoring.
Kevin Fraser and sub Kai Ross both had chances to add to the scoreline late on.
Buckie boss Graeme Stewart (above) said: "I don't think our dominance was because they were down to ten men, it was our confidence. I thought we should have been more than one up at half-time and we let them back into the game with a mistake in defence.
"We could have scored more goals but I am delighted. We had five boys out tonight.
"Huntly worked hard. Andy (Roddie) and Tommy (Wilson) have got them well organised.
"Locos on Saturday is a tough game, especially after tonight and we will need to be at the top of our game."