ANDY BOOTH has added another season to his Town contract - and it could yet be in the Championship.
The 33-year-old celebrated his new deal with a double against old Town teammate Ronnie Jepson's Gills.
And a third win in four League I games left Peter Jackson's side just six points behind the play-off zone.
Extending the season remains a tall order, especially with a tough trip to Bristol City next on the agenda.
But Town are certainly playing with more confidence than at any previous point in this campaign and, significantly, taking their chances.
They were given a flying start when Luke Beckett headed them in front with 2min 29sec on the clock and Booth nodded another on 7-37.
But as so often happens in these situations, the momentum was lost.
And after Gary Mulligan pulled one back for the Kent club with 20 minutes still to go, it took Booth's second goal, fired home in the 82nd minute, to ensure all three points were staying at the Galpharm.
Had misfiring Gillingham pinched a point, it would have been something of a travesty.
But the boot's been on the other foot twice this season (Town fought back from two down to draw at Tranmere and beat Swansea), so fans are well aware of what can happen.
Supporters were still settling into their seats when Beckett, starting for the fourth successive game, climbed unhindered to collect his eighth goal of the season from Danny Schofield's well-delivered left-wing cross.
And they were still celebrating when Booth grabbed his seventh with an angled header back across the face of goal from Chris Brandon's arching centre from the right.
Mulligan came close with a 19th-minute header from new signing Nicky Southall's cross, and after Michael Collins and Schofield got in a muddle on the edge of the Town area seven minutes later, Matt Jarvis drilled a snap shot just wide.
But Town were still the more dominant side, even if they were unable to create that many clear-cut chances, the best falling to Booth, whose 37th-minute header from an Andy Holdsworth cross was blocked by Ben Chorley.
Beckett got into a good position to meet Collins' 53rd-minute corner, but couldn't get his header on target.
Then the striker shot narrowly wide when Booth laid back a pass from Joe Skarz, who played at left-back because on-loan Blackburn player Andy Taylor was ruled out through illness.
Matt Glennon did well to hold an awkard glancing header by Andrew Crofts after 64 minutes before substitute Matt Young, seeking a second goal in as many games, drilled the ball just wide from 25 yards.
Gillingham were thrown a lifeline when former Sheffield United man Mulligan nodded home Southall's cross for a goal which was a carbon copy of Booth's first-half effort.
But the visitors failed to put Town under any sustained pressure, and Booth cemented the victory with his eighth of the campaign.
The striker was just five yards out as he shot left footed after Beckett flicked on Schofield's corner.
Andy Booth's eighth goal of the season and 133rd for Town eight minutes from time. Fired home after Luke Beckett nodded on Danny Schofield's corner, it thwarted any potential fightback after Gary Mulligan had reduced the deficit to 2-1 with 20 minutes still remaining. A great way for Booth to celebrate his contract extension.
How they rated:
Matt Glennon Not the busiest he's been since joining Town, but he won't complain! Will be annoyed to have conceded though. Rating: 7/10
Andy Holdsworth Mis-hit a couple of passes but did a solid shackling job against the dangerous Matt Jarvis and got in some decent crosses. Rating: 7/10
Joe Skarz Made an eighth start because loanee Andy Taylor was ill and did well. Won corner from which win was sealed Rating: 7/10
Nathan Clarke Very solid on his return and very disappointing to see him helped off after damaging that troublesome right knee. Rating: 7/10
David Mirfin Excellent afternoon's work. His tackling, aerial activity and ball distribution all caught the eye. Rating: 8/10
Gary T-Fletcher The industrious midfielder put in a more-than-useful shift, and his defensive work was especially good. Rating: 7/10
Michael Collins Stuck to his task well and shed plenty of sweat both in stopping the Gills and trying to spark Town. Rating: 7/10
Chris Brandon Had a busy first half and set up Booth's first goal before coming off at the break feeling a touch below par. Rating: 7/10
Danny Schofield Worried Gillingham throughout. His balls into the box led to Beckett's goal and Booth's second. Rating: 7/10
Andy Booth Two well-taken goals, plenty of balls won in the air and, as ever, some sterling work in defence. Rating: 8/10
Luke Beckett Set Town on the way to victory with his early strike, unusually for him a header, and kept toiling for the full 90 Rating: 7/10
Spotlight on the ref:
This wasn't the hardest match Darren Drysdale will ever have had to deal with, and the Lincolnshire whistler made a decent fist of keeping the game flowing. Twice gave Gills skipper Michael Flynn the benefit of the doubt when he appeared to go in late on Nathan Clarke then catch Michael Collins with his arm, but was well placed both times.
Gillingham: Larrieu, Sancho, Chorley, Johnson, Jackman, Southall, Flynn, Crofts, Jarvis, Mulligan, McDonald (Ndumbu-Nsungu 74). Subs not used: Collin, Cox, Easton, Spiller. Cautions: Crofts, Southall, Jackman.