Flitcroft looking upwards
Bury manager David Flitcroft was not ruling out an unlikely play-off push after his side claimed a 2-0 home win against Exeter.
The Shakers were 20th in League 2 before last Saturday's game against Northampton but three wins in a week have propelled them to 11th, seven points off the top seven.
Chris Hussey broke the deadlock with a 65th-minute free-kick before Exeter skipper Danny Coles was sent off five minutes later.
Substitute Tom Soares then struck in stoppage time as Bury made it three straight wins for the first time this season, leaving Exeter four points above the drop zone.
"Exeter are fighting for their lives and we won it comprehensively," Flitcroft said.
"The first 38 minutes was one of the most dominant performances we've had since I took over. I ignored the last seven minutes of the first half because the players couldn't keep pressing with that aggression.
"Danny Mayor caused them all sorts of problems down the left, linking up with Chris Hussey, but I think we hurt them from every part of the pitch.
"The second half, they were out on their feet at times, so I'm happy with how things panned out. Exeter have some danger men so you've got to careful when you're dominating so much that you don't trip yourselves up, and we didn't - it's another clean sheet.
"We've got five games left now and we want to win them all. Champions always look up and we've got to do that now.
"We've got Scunthorpe next week. It'll be a fantastic game and if we can end their incredible run then we'll reassess it and see what we can do."