Albury's ability to kick goals in bursts destroyed Wangaratta in Saturday night's top of the table clash.
It's a trait the Tigers have carried since re-emerging as a force in 2009 and played a pivotal role in racking up seven flags from 10 straight grand final appearances.
Albury kicked only one goal after the three-minute mark of the third term, while the visitors landed five, but the Tigers never looked like losing against an understrength opposition, missing Ben Reid (ankle) and Matt Kelly (concussion), in posting an 11.15 (81) to 10.9 (69) win.
"When we've got the momentum you have to capitalise on it, although we didn't convert as well as what we would have liked going inside forward 50, but we're really pleased with the efforts of the boys," Tigers' co-coach Anthony Miles said.
The home team led by six points late in the first quarter before Jeff Garlett, Jacob Conlan and Miles himself landed goals in three minutes to quickly push the margin to four majors at quarter-time.
The Pies worked hard in the second term to cut the deficit to 15 at half-time, but a double to Riley Bice and single to Jake Page in the first three minutes of the third stanza realistically decided the result.
"We had a real focus about out defence from the 22-minute mark of each quarter and, unfortunately, we failed to execute that," Pies' coach Dean Stone offered.
"That's a concentration and synergy thing, that's defenders and mids communicating and that's really what broke our back."
Interestingly, after Albury's burst to start the third, they kicked just 1.8.
In their six wins, the Tigers have kicked more goals than behinds only once.
The win also means Wangaratta's winless run against the Tigers at Albury Sportsground now extends to 17 years after the last win in 2005.
Jacob Conlan kicked five goals, including three in the first term, to bust the game open, while his brother Lucas and Jessy Wilson were sensational in defence.
When the enormously impressive Callum Moore kicked a running goal with just under 10 minutes left, the margin was back to 16 points and then Joe Richards kicked the ball high into the forward line, where Wilson took a wonderful floating mark.
He took another critical mark to set up an attacking raid and relieve the pressure.
Daniel Cross had 32 touches, including 14 in the second term.
The O and M hasn't seen too many like Moore, a 193cm utility just as comfortable as an over-sized ruck rover as key position.
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Returning from back tightness, Michael Newton kicked four majors, while working overtime in defence, and Mark Anderson was terrific in the second term.
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