The Reds made Super Rugby history by beating the Blues in Auckland for the first time with an 11-23 victory at Eden Park on Friday.
The loss was the sixth consecutive loss for the Blues who have now played nine matches this season and lost eight.
The Reds got the perfect start with an early try by Digby Ioane who was playing his first match in over a month due to suspension.
The Reds followed up their first try with a second try by Luke Morahan three minutes later which set them up for the victory.
With players starting to return from a horrific spell of injuries across the board the d Reds showed glimpses of the form that delivered them last year's Super Rugby title.
The Reds two early tries stunned the Blues and they never let the hosts back into the match, dominating at the breakdown and capitalising on the New Zealanders' misfiring lineout.
They scored three tries to one, keeping alive their hopes of a play-off place, while the Blues remained rooted to the bottom of the Super Rugby table with one win in nine matches.
Reds captain James Horwill said the return of Digby Ioane, Ben Lucas and Mike Harris added depth to the team who knew they would be playing a Blues outfit desperate for a win in front of the Eden Park crowd.
"We came with the right attitude and got the result we were looking for," he said.
"The more players we get back, the better it is for us."
The Reds made their intentions clear with a try in the first minute, fly-half Lucas finding Rob Simmons with a pin-point kick that the lock offloaded for Ioane to score in the corner.
Lucas then set up the Reds' second try after a turnover five minutes later, slipping the ball to Luke Morahan, who sliced through a shambolic Blues' defence for a try out wide.
Mike Harris nailed his second conversion attempt to make it 12-0 after just seven minutes.
The Blues were unable to mount a cohesive attack until they elected to run the ball after winning a penalty mid-way through the half, Luke Braid forcing his way over the tryline from the base of a rolling maul.
They threatened again when George Moala was held up on the line but did enough to gain a penalty, with Gareth Anscombe narrowing the gap, only for Harris to restore the Reds' seven-point buffer just before the break.
The Reds struck again soon after the re-start, pressuring the Blues down the middle then again punishing the Blues out wide when Will Genia sent a looping pass to Dom Shipperley on the wing.
The Blues managed a penalty before sending Benson Stanley and Alby Mathewson on to give fresh legs to the attack but could not break through the solid Reds defence.
While the Reds will be relieved to have won for the first time in Auckland their dominance should have yielded a bonus poiunt try.
Final Score Blues 11 (8) Reds 23 (15)
Tries - L. Braid
Pen - G. Anscombe
Tries - D. Ioane, L. Morahan, D. Shipperley
Pen - M. Harris 2
Con - M. Harris
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 2: Glen Jackson
TMO: Ben Skeen
15. Hadleigh Parkes, 14. George Moala, 13. Rene Ranger, 12. Ma'a Nonu, 11. Rudi Wulf, 10. Gareth Anscombe, 9. Piri Weepu, 8. Peter Saili, 7. Luke Braid (c), 6. Daniel Braid, 5. Filo Paulo, 4. Ali Williams, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 2. Tom McCartney, 1. Tevita Mailau.
Reserves: 16. James Parsons, 17. Pauliasi Manu/Angus Ta'avao, 18. Liaki Moli, 19. Chris Lowrey, 20. Alby Mathewson, 21. Michael Hobbs, 22. Benson Stanley.
1. Ben Daley, 2. James Hanson, 3. James Slipper, 4. Rob Simmons, 5. James Horwill (c), 6. Beau Robinson, 7. Liam Gill, 8. Scott Higginbotham, 9. Will Genia (vc), 10. Ben Lucas, 11. Rod Davies, 12. Mike Harris, 13. Digby Ioane, 14. Dom Shipperley, 15. Luke Morahan.
Replacements: 16. Albert Anae, 17. Greg Holmes, 18. Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19. Jake Schatz, 20. Eddie Quirk, 21. Nick Frisby, 22. Anthony Faingaa.