Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray heaped praise on Leroy Lita after the striker piled misery on former club Bristol City.
The forward scored two goals and set up another as Boro romped to a 4-0 victory at Aston Gate on Saturday afternoon.
And Congo-born Lita's display earned the striker glowing approval from manager Mowbray.
He said: "Leroy was virtually unplayable today. He never allowed City's defence a moment's peace.
"It's not easy for strikers to turn in that sort of performance week-in, week-out, as even the best such as Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres have found this season.
"But Leroy showed what a player he can be in this game and has set a standard we hope he can do his best to maintain.
"Overall we didn't play a lot better than in some other games we have lost this season. But when we got the second goal you could see the players start to relax.
"We hardly allowed Bristol a glimpse of goal. They have a very dangerous winger in Albert Adomah, but we handled him really well."
The result marked more disappointment for City following their 3-0 defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend.
Robins boss Keith Millen locked his players in the dressing room for 45 minutes after the game for a detailed inquest.
He said: "We thought we had had a wake-up call against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup last week, but this was another one.
"When we don't play at a high tempo we are not a good side and our passing in the first half and overall play was far too slow.
"It was a low point in the season for us and we need to pick ourselves up quickly because the last two performances have not been anywhere good enough.
"We shall be working hard on the training ground before our next game and need to look a lot sharper."