CREDITON recorded an important win in the Cornwall & Devon League as they beat visitors Wessex 22-0.
It brought an end to the Blagdon club's four-game losing run.
And the four points moved them 10 points clear of the bottom three, including Wessex, who all lost at the weekend.
Kirton have a chance to put even more space between themselves and the relegation places when they host Falmouth this Saturday.
The Cornish outfit, who lost 18-12 at home against Crediton's Devon rivals Tiverton last weekend, are just one place and three points above 11th-placed Kirton as they enter the second half of the league season.
With joint-head coach Brian Sherrell away in South Africa, the team were looked after by co-boss Phil Bye and it was a special match for him against the club he used to play for and coach.
The Exeter side's forwards impressed but they lacked the quality required in the three-quarters to make that count on the scoreboard.
Centre Tom Foan opened the scoring for the home side when he crossed for a try that Tom Ronchetti converted.
Winger Jake Weedon increased the lead with a second try as he ran back a poor clearance and powered through a couple of defenders.
Mark Lee, back at the club where he started as a youngster from Barnstaple, kicked a penalty to open a 15-0 lead.
It got even better for the home side when Foan collected a kick over the top from Wessex and ran in their third try, which Lee converted.
They were unable to score a fourth for a bonus point, however.