At the end of February Brechin City were lying bottom of League One, seven points behind rivals Forfar Athletic and 10 behind Cowdenbeath.
But then Darren Dods’ side thrashed the Loons 4-0 at home in a midweek game that sparked a remarkable run of form for City - they have now picked up six victories in eight games.
The manager has spoken of the power of momentum in his team’s fight against the drop and it was, in part, the side’s increasing velocity that saw them steamroll Peterhead 5-1 at the weekend.
Undoubtedly this was a Blue Toon side without any semblance of the all-conquering team from the season’s first half - defeated in their last three, shattered after being given the runaround by Rangers a week previously and with a makeshift defence for yet another outing.
But Brechin’s achievement on Saturday is equally without question as every player gave their all for the cause; Gary Fusco was unbeatable in defence, James Dale tackled everything that moved and Andy Jackson and Robert Thomson harried the patched up back four at every turn.
Dods has said many times in recent weeks that he just hopes his team can make sure they have something to play for beyond pride in the derby clash with Forfar on the season’s final day, but the way things are going it could very well be a meaningless fixture - with Brechin’s League One status already secured and the Loons’ relegation confirmed.
It was a scrappy start to proceedings but Jackson grabbed the opening goal inside five minutes, smashing the ball across goal after Thomson headed a throw-in on to his strike partner.
Dale could have added a second 10 minutes later but he shot right at the goalie after worming his way through the Blue Toon defence.
The second did come shortly though as Thomson lobbed a superb finish over Graeme Smith after a City goal kick bounced over the visitors’ back line.
Brechin were sitting deeper and deeper which suited their opponents to a tee, and Nathan Blockley pulled one back for the visitors on the half hour as he glided through the pedestrian defence before smashing a lovely goal into Smith’s bottom right corner.
Lewis Spence went close from long range before setting up City’s third, driving a ball into the box that Thomson headed across to Watt - he drilled a low effort past Smith to restore the hosts’ two-goal lead.
And the scoring continued seconds later, Thomson tapping in from close range after Watt squared to the forward following Jamie Robson’s parried shot.
The second half was played all in the midfield as City’s sturdy defence gave nothing away, while Jackson and Thomson continued to probe away in search of a fifth goal.
That goal duly came on 67 minutes - as did Thomson’s hat-trick - as the striker prodded the ball past Smith after Robson played him through the defence.
City face Stranraer next week when a victory combined with a Forfar loss would relegate the Loons to League Two, with any other combination of results making the final day derby sure to be a phenomenal encounter.