King's Lynn Stars climbed to second in the Elite League after a 55-41 win over local rivals Peterborough Panthers.
Niels Kristian Iversen, a Panthers asset, top scored for the Stars with a 13-point haul.
"In the end a 14-point victory was a bit flattering I suppose," Stars boss Rob Lyon told BBC Radio Norfolk.
But Panthers chief Trevor Swales conceded to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "King's Lynn rode very well and were the better team on the night."
Peterborough had remained within six points until heat eight, when an engine blow-up for Troy Batchelor handed the hosts a 5-1.
And the Stars saw out the meeting comfortably, with Kenneth Bjerre, who is also a Panthers asset, Iversen and captain Olly Allen leading the way.
"I did feel that if Peterborough's Poles didn't kick-on around here we might get a decent win," Lyon added.
"To be fair to our reserves they battled hard."
And Swales, who was without in-form Swede Linus Sundstrom, added: "I think things may have been a bit different had we had Linus in.
"But it wasn't to be and that's the way it goes.
"Troy's been terrific, double figures (15) for him again, it's becoming a habit, he's scoring points for fun."
King's Lynn Stars 55: K Bjerre 11, L Bjerre 7, Allen 8, Korneliussen 6, Iversen 13, Sitera 4, Topinka 6
Peterborough Panthers 41: Pedersen 13, Sundstrom R/R, Koscuich 4, Batchelor 15, Buczkowski 2, Smith 4, Lawson 3