JOINT League Leaders Sheffield United shook Lancashire opponents Bury at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
The Blades went into the sixth game of their League One campaign with confidence.
An endless queue approaching the ticket office and the buzz inside the stadium indicated a renewed belief and pride in the team.
The side have been unbeaten in their first five games including two solid victories at home.
Despite this good form, performances have been slow off the mark and this match was no exception.
A problem with a pitch sprinkler delayed kick-off and United got off to a similarly slow start.
The Blades dominated possession but struggled to execute chances in front of the Bury goal - Maguire, Porter and Mendez-Laing were all culpable.
The supporters had reason to leave their seats when the fourth official indicated a minimum of two minutes of stoppage time, having not seen their side score in the first half of a home game.
Fortunately, Chris Porter broke the mould for the Blades this season, netting a scrappy goal to double his tally in the league.
The second half brought more excitement as on-loan Wolves midfielder Nathaniel Mendez-Laing doubled United’s lead straight after half time.
His misplaced cross from the wing beat a shaky Cameron Belford at his near post.
United then started to relax into the match as they toyed with the under-par Bury side.
Stephen Quinn epitomised United’s growing confidence as he began to pull out a few show-boating skills for the fans.
There was more to come in the goals department– Mathew Lowton didn’t need an invitation to finish a brilliantly worked move which created a third for the Blades.
Blades boss Danny Wilson brought on fresh legs in the form of Ryan Flynn and Erik Tonne, to close out the game.
The manager was soon rewarded when Tonne produced a sublime finish to cap off a magnificent performance from the Sheffield side.
The United squad has been scrutinised after the loss of key players such as Jordan Slew, who departed earlier this week.
However, if the youth players follow in the footsteps of Tonne then their role in Wilson’s outfit could be vital as this campaign unfolds.
By Sam Fletcher