Hartlepool's fourth home win from five outings eased the pressure at the foot of League One as they sailed to a 3-0 victory over Stockport.
Joe Gamble, Andy Monkhouse and Roy O'Donovan got the goals to lift Pool seven points from the drop zone with four games remaining.
County, already relegated from League One showed why they have struggled all season as they were second best throughout.
However, the visitors did have the game's first openings.
Jabo Ibhere was put through on goal, but a touch from Scott Flinders kept the shot out. From the corner Paul Huntingdon blasted over.
And from then on it was all Pool.
After O'Donovan's shot was saved and the corner not cleared, Gamble drove into the corner of the net from the edge of the area on 14 minutes.
Monkhouse hit a post after being teed up by Brown, but the top scorer soon got his 11th of the season.
Leon McSweeney's deep cross found the left winger racing in unchecked at the far post to net on 56 minutes.
And in injury time, O'Donovan robbed Huntingdon and confidently finished to seal the simple win.
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