Doncaster moved five points clear at the top of npower League One with the sort of performance manager Brian Flynn believes will steer them to promotion.

Their 3-2 derby success at relegation-threatened Scunthorpe was a 13th away win of the season for Rovers, who took full advantage of their title rivals' matches being postponed due to the snow and freezing weather conditions.

"We are quite comfortable with the position we are in," said Flynn.

"You can see we have a group of players who work really hard for each other and that will stand us in good stead in the closing weeks of the season. I am delighted that our match managed to beat the winter weather and it could turn out to be an important weekend for us.

"I would certainly rather have the points on the board than have matches in hand. All we need to do now is try and keep the players relaxed and focused. What will it take to win promotion? More performances just like this. We are now learning how to see games out."

Doncaster got off to a flying start with an own goal from Scunthorpe defender David Mirfin after just five minutes. Iain Hume made it 2-0 after 39 minutes and although the Iron hit back through Mark Duffy two minutes later, a Chris Brown strike early in the second half sealed victory for Rovers.

A scrambled late reply from Karl Hawley was unable to prevent Scunthorpe from slipping to a 10th home defeat of the season. Iron boss Brian Laws acknowledged it was a poor defensive performance from his side.

"We have been playing better than this in recent weeks without getting the results," he said. "But the goals we conceded were atrocious from our point of view. You cannot give a team like Doncaster a start like that. There was no real danger when the ball came into our box for the first goal, but the ball ends up in the back of our net.

"Our reaction was to look nervous. We defended poorly, passed the ball poorly and with all the mistakes we were making in the first half, it was inevitable Doncaster would score again. We then got ourselves back into the game before half-time and needed to start the second half well - but we concede another early goal and the game is gone.

"The defensive mistakes we made left us with too much to do against a team like Doncaster and, to be honest, I don't think we did well enough to deserve anything from the game. We are fighting to avoid relegation but giving goals away like we did does not help our cause. We had been improving defensively, but not (here)."