Essendon has recorded back-to-back VFL wins after producing a 11.8 (74) to 6.9 (45) victory over North Melbourne at Windy Hill.
In trying conditions, the Bombers outlasted a plucky Roos outfit to record their sixth win of the season.
After holding a three-point lead at half-time, Essendon pulled away with a six-goal to two second half to set up the result.
Impressing with three goals and 31 disposals was midfielder Brad Bernacki, supported by two goals from key forwards Kaine Baldwin and Patrick Voss.
Tom Cutler was dominant with 36 disposals, as was Billy Cootee with 32.
Ruckman Nick Bryan once again showed his ability to accumulate disposals and hitouts, recording 28 and 34 respectively.
Essendon face GWS on Sunday at GIANTS Stadium in a 10:35am curtain-raiser.
ESSENDON 3.0 5.2 9.7 11.8 (74)
NORTH MELBOURNE 4.2 4.5 6.6 6.9 (45)
Goals: Bernacki (3), Baldwin (2), Voss (2), Bryan, Conforti, Ham, Waterman