Stuart Broad led the way for England as they pushed for victory in the Second Test in Wellington.
The back to form seamer took six for 51- his third best figures in Tests - as the tourists bowled New Zealand out for 254 in reply to England’s first innings total of 465 all out.
Brendon McCullum (69) and BJ Watson (60) threatened to delay England significantly in this middle match of three, with a forecast for increasingly heavy rain a major complication for the remainder of the contest.
But once that pair were dismissed England soon cleaned up the tail to enforce the follow-on.
And although Hamish Rutherford fell early, caught brilliantly by Ian Bell off the bowling of Monty Panesar, Peter Fulton and Kane Williamson then guided the hosts to 77-1 at stumps as England’s bowlers began to tire at the of a long day in the field.
But Alastair Cook’s side will be very happy with the position they are in as they look forward to the start of day four, with only the predicted rain seemingly standing in the way of them and victory.
Not that they will be taking anything for granted, however.
Broad admitted: "With the weather around, it was important to be able to enforce the follow-on.
"It's not often enforced, because the bowlers tend to like a bit of a rest, and it's good to get their batsmen back out in the field and build a big lead with scoreboard pressure.
"But with the (weather) radar around, it's really unsure how much cricket will be left in the next two days. That was the only reason behind it.
"It will be a 'reset' tomorrow, build patience because it's still a very good batting wicket. There's not a lot there, especially for the seamers."