TOWN'S fans revelled in a pulsating performance at Boundary Park.
A travelling army of 1,834 roared their approval and, at £22, they were having a laugh!
It was Town's biggest away League win since Port Vale were crushed by Pawel Abbott's hat trick on the same weekend last year - and everyone in the team played a splendid part.
Town were already leading through Danny Schofield's third goal of the season when, on 31 minutes, Paul Warne decided Andy Holdsworth deserved an elbow in the face and immediately saw red from top-flight referee Chris Foy.
Down to 10 and behind, Oldham faced a big task to try and avoid a third straight defeat and their worst fears were confirmed by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
The hard-working frontman grabbed his first League goal in Town colours with a 37th-minute header from Schofield's back-post cross and, just two minutes after Ronnie Moore had sent on Luke Beckett to try and salvage things for Oldham in the second half, Fletch delivered a brilliant deciding blow.
It came from a silky passing move initiated by Tony Carss - given his first League start of the season as replacement for Michael Collins - and featured a neat interchange of passes with Pawel Abbott before Taylor-Fletcher finished with a flourish.
That moment summed up the day for Town.
Held up by a bad accident on the motorway en route to the ground, they were in cruise control in the match once a few early mechanical problems had been sorted out.
There is clearly more fine tuning to be done, but third place in the table and just one point adrift is a handy position to be in with the visit of leaders hot on the horizon.
There was much to commend in Town's display, not least the clean sheet with which Paul Rachubka celebrated his 50th League appearance for the club.
In slippery conditions the keeper did well, although Chris Killen (13 minutes) and Chris Porter (66) missed sitters for Oldham and Ritchie Wellens blasted wide after Rachubka had fluffed a clearing kick.
His save from Beckett - who lobbed another effort just a foot wide - and his smothering of a dangerous low Liddell cross left Rachubka with a smile on his face, however, and £100 in his pocket from manager Peter Jackson (who had bet the defence they couldn't keep a clean sheet!).
Town wouldn't have kept a blank, in fact, had it not been for some excellent early work by Tom Clarke.
Buoyed by his goal for England Under 19s the previous midweek, the 17-year-old prevented Killen scoring on the break after a mistake by brother Nathan and then, on 16 minutes, got back to block Liddell's goalbound shot after Rachubka had gone walkabout.
Town started to find their passing range after that, however, forgetting the long ball and opting for neat movement which had twice threatened a goal before Schofield struck on 27 minutes.
The goal owed much to a break by Jon Worthington through the middle and, when his low drive was only parried by keeper Chris Day, Schofield was on hand to slide home the loose ball.
Worthington's driving play between the boxes was just as influential as the passing of Carss, which allowed Schofield and Chris Brandon to shine down the flanks.
Brandon constantly found space to raid and, with Abbott always willing to show for the ball and Taylor-Fletcher battling for everything, Town had a very confident look about them.
There were spells when the home side just couldn't get the ball as Town exploited their man advantage by stretching the play, and had Abbott's flashing 25-yard drive gone in instead of crashing out off the bar just three minutes into the second half, it might have become a rout.
Beckett was cheered by both sets of fans when he went on for Oldham, just as Carss was when going off for Town, but only one set were left celebrating at the end. This was just what Town needed after Scunthorpe.