EXETER Saracens go to Penryn this Saturday having set the bar for the rest of the season in the 21-17 win over Okehampton.
Sarries have won by wider margins this season, but coach Ross Bovingdon rated the win high on his list.
Victory was achieved in the dying seconds at gloomy Whipton after play had been delayed for 25 minutes in the second half due to an injury to Okehampton's Darcy Heard.
Okes went to clear their lines, the kick was charged down and Ben Croft followed up to dot down the winning try.
"It was probably the best we have played all season," said Bovingdon. "Now we are able to field a settled side the players are settling into the style of play I want to see."
Croft, Martyn Dibble and Darren Light scored Sarries' tries while James Boult had two penalties. Okes' scorers were Nick Martin and a penalty try. Craig Dennis kicked seven points.
Honiton's predicament at the bottom of the table was not improved by a 36-24 defeat by Kingsbridge last time out.
One win in 11 starts has left the Lacemen 16 points adrift of safety going into this Saturday's trip to Okehampton.
Promotion from the Cornwall & Devon Division last season looks like a mixed blessing now, although assistant coach Jerry Rice has no regrets.
Rice said: "It might seem we are in a dark place, but what could we have done other than throw games towards the end of last season when it looked like we would come up?
"Until you have actually made the step up from Cornwall & Devon to Western Counties, you don't know how massive it is."
Honiton were 17-0 down before half-time against Kingsbridge, but got back to 17-10 with a Josh Barrett try, that George Meadows converted before adding a penalty. Two converted second-half penalty tries were not enough.