BUOYANT Town stormed to victory and gave loyal fans the luxury of not having to bite their nails!
Never at any stage did Doncaster suggest they could make a game of it after Pawel Abbott, Andy Booth and Chris Brandon had all scored at vital times in the game.
Doncaster's equaliser was, in fact, one of only two shots on target in the entire match, which says everything about how Town defended from the front in hard-working fashion.
While Booth's goal confirmed him in fourth place among the club's all-time scoring legends on 109 - one ahead of Les Massie - it was also a day for Town's young starlets to impress scouts from 18 clubs, including top-flight Chelsea and Manchester United.
They didn't disappoint.
Tom and Nathan Clarke played solidly together as centre-backs in a four for the first time, David Mirfin continued his excellent run of form at right-back and Danny Adams marked his debut with a string of terrific crosses, including one for Booth's goal and another the striker had saved.
In midfield, the workaholic Jon Worthington ruled the roost and Adnan Ahmed got better as the game went on, crunching a late drive just wide when Town were comfortably on top and threatening a rout.
The skills of Danny Schofield and pace of Brandon proved a constant thorn in the side for Dave Penney's injury-hit team, who looked up against it from the moment the grafting Abbott marked his return to the side with a 23rd goal of the season on just 59 seconds.
The fact he had a free header from Nathan Clarke's long throw summed up Doncaster's frailty at the back in front of 2,070 travelling fans and they were well under the cosh before Fortune-West took advantage of a rare slip by Nathan Clarke to redress the balance.
The setback did not knock Town out of their stride, with Brandon going close and Worthington having a shot deflected onto the bar, but Doncaster were starting to find their feet when Booth knocked them out for good.
His back-post header, three minutes before the break, brought the Galpharm faithful to their feet to celebrate a piece of history and was the sort of finish which has been the trademark of his distinguished career.
There were more fireworks at the start of the second half, with Booth and Schofield blocked in the box as Town attacked with flourish and flair.
Adams was involved again before Abbott's cross was cleared to Brandon to put the result beyond doubt on 55 minutes, and it was a shame Town didn't emphasise their dominance with more goals.
Still, they are up to eighth, playing some attractive football and showing the sort of form which, had it only surfaced a few weeks earlier, would surely have carried them into the top six.
It could still do, with a bit of help from other clubs.
Man of the Match: Jon Worthington
The driving force in Town's performance on a day when there were several players in the running to be man-of-the-match. Pity his shot on the break hit the bar; he deserved a goal.
Turning Point: WHILE Pawel Abbott got Town off to a fantastic strike with his 23rd goal of the season after just 59 seconds, it was Andy Booth's header three minutes before the break which really turned the game.
At that stage, the visitors were starting to find their passing range and Town desperately needed a fillip before the half time whistle. It came courtesy of a cross from debutant Danny Adams, who made a very favourable impression at left-back and Town, now second in the form table only to Hull, never looked back.
HOW THEY RATED:
Paul Rachubka Hardly tested because Doncaster were kept at bay up front. Handled well and kicked sensibly in an assured display Rating: 8/10
Danny Adams His crossing was superb, the highlight of a splendid debut at left-back. Set up Booth's landmark goal in tremendous fashion. Rating: 8/10
Tom Clarke Voted the Patrons most improved young player of the season and rightly so. Got better and better in the centre Rating: 8/10
Nathan Clarke Messed up for the goal conceded but otherwise commanding. Alongside his brother for the first time in a back four Rating: 7/10
David Mirfin Switched to right-back with Holdsworth left on the bench and played very solidly. He's in fine form at the moment Rating: 8/10
Danny Schofield Involved before the second goal and would have loved to have scored himself against his hometown club Rating: 7/10
Adnan Ahmed Busy and productive, he helped Town keep on top. Went close with a cracking drive in the closing stages. Did well Rating: 7/10
Jon Worthington His crunching tackles set the standard in the first half and he was unlucky not to score on a really excellent breakaway Rating: 9/10
Chris Brandon His lively running was a feature once again and he thoroughly deserved his sixth goal of the season to round it off Rating: 8/10
Andy Booth Scored a great header to go fourth in the club's all-time list on 109. Denied another by a brilliant goalline save Rating: 8/10
Pawel Abbott Worked very hard. Back in the side and netted inside a minute with a header, his 23rd goal of the campaign. Rating: 8/10
SPOTLIGHT ON THE REF:
MARK Clattenburg is possibly the best referee Town have had during the season. He let the play run really well and got the advantages right before two of Town's goals.
He was on the spot for just about every decision and the bookings handed out to Doolan, Ravenhill and Fortune-West were all without question. All the way through, he let everyone know who was in charge and his communication with the players was good. He is the referee from the play-off final at Cardiff and he will be welcome back at the Galpharm any time.
Doncaster Rovers: Turner, Doolan (Green 77), Blundell, Fenton, Fortune-West, Ravenhill, McIndoe, Foster, Priet (Maloney 61), Mulligan, Roberts (Guy HT). Subs not used: Warrington, Rigoglioso.