Craig Parker returned to haunt his former club as King's Lynn Town began the new year in fine fashion.
Midfielder Parker notched a brace and there were also goals for both Rory McAuley and Adam Marriott as the Linnets blew away Needham Market in Suffolk.
It took Parker just 12 minutes to strike for third-placed Lynn, firing the ball home from 20 yards.
The Walks outfit doubled their lead after the outstanding Frazer Blake-Tracy crossed for Marriott to net his sixth goal in as many matches.
Needham reduced the arrears when Adam Mills headed home a Callum Sturgess corner but the visitors soon restored their two-goal lead following an acrobatic volley from Rory McAuley.
Parker's second arrived four minutes before the interval as he burst into the penalty area before rounding home goalkeeper Jake Jessup to score.
Home goalscorer Mills saw red for his second bookable offence on the stroke of half-time and after the interval it was all about game management on Lynn's part.
Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse said: "I thought we were outstanding in the first half, we just blew them away and the boys went to a different level today.
"To play against play-off rivals how we did in the first 25/30 minutes was exceptional. It's always hard after you have had a big game as your adrenaline levels drop.
"We had a very hard game on Saturday and now to come up and get to that level again is testament to the players."