Mangerless Lincoln got life without Steve Tilson off to a dream start with a comprehensive win at lowly Alfreton.
The Imps, currently under the charge of youth coach Grant Brown, went ahead through Sam Smith's close range finish.
Smith quickly notched his brace from Gavin McCallum's pass before Paul Clayton's header from Connor Franklin's cross brought the hosts back into it.
McCallum restored the visitors' two-goal lead with a powerful finish to wrap up the scoring before the break.
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Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law:
"We are not clinical enough in front of goal, which was proven again.
"The chances are being created, we are dominating possession, so from my point of view we are setting out to try and win games.
"Teams are not getting anywhere near as many chances as we are but they are scoring goals so that tells you the story."
Lincoln City caretaker manager Grant Brown told BBC Lincolnshire:
"What's gone on is in the past - we're looking forward now. The players, the club and the fans deserved a performance and we got that.
"The players let themselves down on Saturday but they've shown by their actions today that the club does mean something to them.
"It was about attitude tonight, about desire and wanting to do well for themselves and for the fans. It's a step in the right direction for us."