Hartlepool boss John Hughes said he was not interested in the manager of the month award after his side extended their unbeaten league run to seven matches with a convincing 3-0 home win over Crewe.
The Pools boss is a shoo-in for the npower League One award after chalking up a fifth win from seven games in February.
But, after Pools' biggest win in over a year, Hughes said: "Don't talk about manager of the month - I've had it before and it's a kiss of death. Let's just enjoy this win and reflect on it and get ready to go again on Saturday."
While Pools were never in doubt of victory after goals from Charlie Wyke, Jon Franks, and substitute Andy Monkhouse, other results conspired against them. Relegation rivals Bury, Scunthorpe and Colchester all won to leave Pools still six points shy of safety.
Hughes said: "Results went against us, but I'm not worried about that and I've told my players that. Look after ourselves, keep the run going and what will happen will happen.
"Keep winning and picking up points. We were down at Christmas - look at what the boys have done. Everyone of them has been remarkable. I can only thank them for their efforts. Who knows where we will be, but keep going like that and we have a chance."
It was a miserable night for opposite number Steve Davis after his side failed to muster a chance of note and he had no excuses for the humbling.
"It's disappointing, we didn't perform at all," he said. "Some really extremely poor performances I have to say. That's why we are where we are, we cannot maintain a consistency week in, week out.
"We have nights like this and as long as we do that we will be a nearly team. It's not good enough, we want to go to the next level and those performances won't do that.
"Everyone of them was well below what they are capable of and you won't win games like that. Fair play to Hartlepool. It's a difficult place to come and they have confidence from the wins they have got - I'm not taking anything from them."