Darren Ferguson was full of praise for his Peterborough players after completing a century of wins as Posh manager with a commanding 3-1 victory over in-form Reading.
Ferguson's 100th success in two spells as Posh boss was among his best as Reading were put to the sword at London Road.
The Royals arrived having won nine of their previous 10 matches and hit the front through Noel Hunt, but goals from George Boyd, Tyrone Barnett and Paul Taylor earned the hosts the spoils.
Ferguson said: "I didn't know until after the game that this was my 100th win but it was a terrific way to reach a milestone like that.
"We convincingly beat the most consistent team in the country and again proved that we are capable of beating any side at this level - and now the challenge for us is to develop the sort of consistency that Reading have shown."
Reading opened the scoring when Hunt pounced on a rebound from close range after Posh goalkeeper Paul Jones had kept out Jimmy Kebe's blast from an acute angle.
But they were soon pegged back as they had no answer to the corner-kick delivery of Posh skipper Grant McCann. He was the supply line for Boyd's rifled leveller in the 25th minute following a Shaun Brisley lay-off and a towering Barnett header nine minutes later - his fourth goal in six appearances since arriving from Crawley.
Only the woodwork denied Barnett another goal as he struck an upright following a glorious passing move early in the second half but Posh finally made the points safe eight minutes from time through Taylor.
The club's top scorer left Reading man Ian Harte trailing in his wake as he raced onto a long Boyd pass before firing past Adam Federici to register his 10th goal of the season.
Ferguson added: "Our coach Mark Robson has done a lot of work on set-pieces and it was great to see a couple of them come off. The delivery is key and Grant is terrific on that front."
Reading remain in second spot despite this setback and boss Brian McDermott refused to be critical of his players.
McDermott said: "I can't fault the lads in the slightest. We have been on a terrific run to get ourselves into a great position and nothing has changed.
"We were 20 points off the pace at one point so the players deserve great credit for what they have done.
"We didn't have the best of nights but we'll certainly bounce back and I don't want to take anything away from Peterborough who played very well.
"We knew all about their strength at set-plays and they have some very dangerous strikers."