Chester recorded another excellent home win against high fliers Gateshead, to extend their unbeaten run at the Swansway to six matches.
John Rooney proved to be the difference, his sublime 20 yard strike in the second half gave Steve Burr's men all of the points.
The first half, an end to end affair, almost had a goal immediately when an early Gateshead corner was headed out to Phil Turnbull who fired a low volley inches wide of the post.
Rhys Oates, signed on loan from Barnsley, then made an impact as he ran on to John Rooney's pass - but his dangerous cross was just out of the reach of Craig Hobson.
Then came a controversy as Chester had a reasonable appeal for a penalty turned down. A promising run by Josh O'Keefe was halted by a challenge, and Hobson appeared to be tripped when he nipped the loose ball past James Curtis - but referee Stephen Ross waved the appeals away.
Alex Rodman then had a shot which flew just over the bar, before he caused problems again when he cut inside Ben Heneghan and shot, but the ball struck the post with Jon Worsnop well beaten.
Oates was then in the thick of the action up front again, when he collected a powerful pass from Craig Mahon with a first touch that took him beyond Ben Clark - but his decent effort was pushed away by Adam Bartlett.
The impressive Rodman was causing more problems in the second half when his shot was tipped over the bar by Worsnop.
Rooney then whipped a free kick straight into the arms of Bartlett at the other end, before beating the visiting keeper moments later with a stunner. A high ball forward was knocked down by Oates, and Rooney pounced on the loose ball - sending a beautiful curled effort into the back of the net.
Following the goal, Gateshead struggled to create many chances until the last few minutes of the game. Rodman sent in a back post cross which was met by sub Carl Finnigan but his header struck the outside the post.
Moments later, Worsnop looked to have secured the win for Chester when he made a wonderful one handed stop to deny another substitute - Jon Shaw.
Gateshead defender Curtis was then sent off in added time for a late challenge on Josh O'Keefe.
Chester FC: Worsnop, Heneghan, Brown, Charnock (Kay 90+3), Roberts, James, Rooney, O'Keefe, Mahon, Oates, Hobson (Touray 46).
Subs Not Used: C Roberts, Menagh, Peers.
Goals: Rooney 68.
Attendance: 2,308 (170 away)
Referee: Stephen Ross