No wonder the players were singing in the changing rooms on Friday night. The Reds’ statistics so far this season make such good reading.
Unbeaten in the league, one goal conceded, seven scored and, by Saturday morning, the Reds were just two points off top spot and, even after Saturday’s results, maintained a play-off position.
Last season, manager John Coleman always felt that if his side had just got into the top seven, then maybe they could have held their place there.
Instead they fell away but so far, this season, they are hovering around the top placings and have rarely put a foot wrong.
Against Lincoln, although Coleman didn’t totally agree, Stanley put on another solid show.
Chris Sutton’s side struggled early on to get to grips with the Reds formation, they were cut open with the Reds’ quick passing and Stanley were clinical in front of goal – something which has been missing on their away trips this season.
Okay, Lincoln did have their chances and the Stanley goal, at times, did lead something of a charmed life while keeper Ian Dunbavin had to be alert on a number of occasions.
But the Reds always looked capable of adding to their tally and thoroughly deserved their second win of the season to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.
Terry Gornell deserved the man-of-the-match award for scoring two fantastic goals, his first goals since his return to the Reds after signing from Tranmere late last month.
And Sean McConville deserved praise for scoring the opener and setting up the second, despite cutting his foot within the first few minutes and eventually having to be subbed in the second half to have three stitches in the gash.
But it was a total team effort, from goalkeeper to frontman, with everyone playing their part including the subs, especially Chris Turner who would have got number four if Gornell hadn’t whipped his knee in front of Turner’s goalbound shot in a bid for his hat-trick.
Coleman said he didn’t blame striker Gornell for having a go: "I would probably have done that or left the shot and just claimed it," joked the manager who will be relieved his team found the back of the net following four league blanks this season.
And the Reds are seeing almost a new player in McConville, who is showing a renewed confidence this season. He knows he has pressure on his shoulders to be the next Bobby Grant and move onto a higher league club but he has taken that pressure on board and responded.
His opener followed a neat one-two with Gornell when he charged forward and then unleashed a shot from the edge of the area which keeper Joe Anyon couldn’t get to.
Not sooner had he done that than he was flicking in a free kick for Gornell to get ahead of his defender and hook the ball into the top of the net for his first of the season.
Stanley did then need Dunbavin to use his legs to deny Mustapha Carayol in a one-on-one and both managers conceded that, if that had gone in, then the game could have gone either way.
But, with a two-goal advantage, it was no surprise when number three came in the second half, Jimmy Ryan getting the ball from an Imps attack and charging half the length of the pitch before unselfishly finding Gornell on the left, who squeezed the ball home from a tight angle.
It was superb play from the Reds and Coleman was full of praise for his side’s finishing – something he has been disappointed with at times this season.
"They were three magnificent goals – as a striker myself, you would appreciate all those three goals," said the Reds boss. "Terry has done well – he always gives 100 per cent, his link-up play was good and he just loves playing football."
However Stanley, who have only conceded one league goal this season, should have really conceded a second.
Albert Jarrett played in a perfect corner to find Celtic loan man Ben Hutchinson and how he missed the target from two yards out with his head, no one knows. It was a huge let-off for Stanley.
But the visitors could have had no complaints as their chance of any kind of fightback disappeared on 71 minutes when ex-Scarborough man Scott Kerr lunged into a tackle on Turner and was immediately shown a red.
Everyone was up in arms as it looked a high challenge and was late but Imps boss Chris Sutton defended his man. He said: "Scott is not a dirty player. He did get there late but the reaction of their players and staff had a massive bearing on it and I am disappointed with that but that’s the way it goes."
Turner recovered to come close at the end, as did Charlie Barnett and Sean Hessey, and Coleman admitted his side could have won by a bigger scoreline at the end.
"It turned out to be a convincing win but it was far from convincing in the first half," said the Reds boss. "I thought we were very very fortunate to go in 2-0 up at half-time. After we stopped playing and they took the game to us.
"They had a number of chances and probably the turning point in the game is when their lad went one-on-one immediately after we scored our second and Bavs has done well to make a save. If that goes in then it’s a different game.
"We scored the third goal possibly against the run of play and then the lad got sent off, which made our task easier.
"The only downside is maybe that we didn’t get more late on when they were down to 10 and got very stretched and kept trying to go forward. I’d say 3-0 flattered us.
"But we’ve got another clean sheet which is very, very pleasing and we have just got to build on this every time we play."