Half-back pair Marc Sneyd and Leon Pryce's developing partnership has been key to Hull FC's upturn in form, says Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock.
Sneyd, 24, and Pryce, 33, were signed from Salford and Catalans respectively for 2015 by head coach Lee Radford.
The duo have contributed nine tries, 11 assists and 34 goals between them, helping Hull to five wins in six games.
"You see Sneyd and Pryce, they're running the games now," Peacock told the BBC Super League Show.
"Teams need their big players to be firing - they get paid the most money, they come up with the plays in the big games and they're doing that."
The Airlie Birds have tried a series of halves combinations in recent seasons, with Brett Seymour and Jacob Miller among those to have failed to settle at the KC Stadium.
However, the emergence of Oldham-born playmaker Sneyd alongside Great Britain veteran Pryce looks to have solved the conundrum.
Sneyd, who impressed during a 2014 stint with Castleford, has nine of the 11 assists between the duo - the majority of which have come from testing kicks.
"Leon will have had an effect on this kid and he'll have passed experience on to him, but he's a very skilful player," said Wales and Batley coach John Kear.
"He's got a good passing game and a heck of a kicking game."
Only St Helens have managed to stop the Black and Whites in those past six games, with derby victory against Kingston Rovers one of the highlights of that hot streak.
It has been reward for patience shown to former GB and Hull FC back-rower Radford, in his second season in charge after only two wins in eight at the beginning of the campaign.
"I'm very pleased for Lee Radford," added Peacock. "[Chairman] Adam Pearson's stuck by him - it's easy to doubt a coach when they don't start very well and they've come through that.
"The senior players are playing very well and that's key, their big guns are playing 8/10 or 9/10 every week."