Torquay striker Martin Gritton marked his return from injury with a sparkling display of finishing to boost Torquay's promotion hopes at the expense of crisis club York.
After Peter Duffield fired York ahead with a fourth minute penalty, Gritton equalised only 30 seconds later and then scored his tenth goal of the season to give Torquay the lead in the 20th minute.
Both goals came from flicks by Kevin Wills and Tony Bedeau.
And it was Bedeau who forced the ball home to make it 3-1 in the 23rd minute.
With Alex Russell outstanding in midfield, Torquay opened up the York defence at will during an impressive first-half performance.
Russell hit the post in the 28th minute and Gritton was denied his hat-trick by one of several outstanding saves by York keeper Alan Fettis.
Without the former Northern Ireland international, York would have been annihilated, and Fettis continued to defy Torquay with more heroics during the second half.
Torquay boss, Leroy Rosenior, was not happy with some of his side's early defending - Sean Hankin tripped Michael Reddy for York's penalty - but he admitted: "Maybe that's picking faults.
"We were tremendous going forward in the first half and I was delighted with the way we didn't look like conceding a goal in the second." Even Rosenior described Fettis' display as "world class".
Meanwhile Torquay keeper, Kevin Dearden, did not have a serious save to make, apart from Duffield's spot kick.
York manager Terry Dolan, who faces an agonising week before knowing whether his club will fold or not, said: "Our back three didn't cope with their two strikers.
"But to get off to such a good start and end up losing like that is very disappointing.
"We've got a long journey home, but they're in for training tomorrow."