Coventry player-manager Gary McAllister rolled back the years as the Sky Blues overpowered Derby 3-0 at Highfield Road.
The former Scotland midfielder set the ball rolling with a stunning volleyed goal from 30 yards.
Less than five minutes later on-loan Craig Hignett repeated the feat with his first goal of the season before providing the killer through ball for Jay Bothroyd to kill off the Rams.
The victory stretched Coventry`s winning streak to three and sets them up nicely for the festive programme as they search to regain their place in the Premiership.
Coventry were without Youssef Safri - banned after collecting five bookings - with Craig Pead making his first start of the season.
Robert Lee was suspended for Derby, and Danny Higginbotham was out with an ankle injury - so Ian Evatt came in for John Gregory's side. Adam Bolder returned to the team after completing a one-match ban for picking up five yellow cards.
Derby had a wonderful opportunity to open the scoring in the eighth minute when Izale McLeod sent over an inviting cross which was flicked on by Evatt - but Chris Riggott saw his goal-bound header superbly hooked clear by Barry Quinn.
Derby were creating the better chances, and Craig Burley then curled a free-kick narrowly over the bar after Hignett had pulled down Riggott.
McAllister volleyed Coventry ahead when he latched on to Warren Barton`s headed clearance and gave Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant no chance for his seventh goal of the season on the half-hour.
Lee Morris went close to equalising three minutes later after helping on Paul Boertien`s ball into the box - but he saw Morten Hyldgaard produce a wonderful save.
Seconds later Hignett matched his boss with a fantastic shot from 25 yards after Derby failed to clear properly.
Derby battled to get back into the game, and McLeod pulled a shot narrowly wide with Hyldgaard beaten.
Richie Partridge almost sent the Sky Blues into the half-time interval three up, but his superb curling effort from the left shaved the post.
Malcolm Christie was gifted a wonderful opportunity to get Derby back into the game three minutes into the second half, but Hyldgaard pulled off a brilliant save.
Christie had the ball in the net moments later from Bolder`s cross, but his effort was ruled out by the linesman`s flag.
Bothroyd took advantage of Derby`s inability to take the chances by extending the advantage on 54 minutes.
Hignett played a defence-splitting ball from just inside the Rams` half, and Bothroyd fired a firm shot across Grant into the net.
The Rams battled to get back into the game but struggled to create any clear-cut openings - and McLeod`s tame shot, easily gathered by Hyldgaard, was as good as it got for Gregory`s side.
In fact Pead almost made it four from McAllister`s cross three minutes from time, but Grant pulled off a fine save.