Castleford shrugged off fears of a Wembley hangover as they beat a resurgent Bradford 32-18 despite the best efforts of Lee Gaskell to move up to second in the First Utility Super League.
The Tigers were left heartbroken by neighbours Leeds Rhinos in the Tetley's Challenge Cup final last weekend but remain on course for a first Grand Final appearance after a solid victory at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle.
Andy Lynch got the scoring under way in the fifth minute with a try against his former club, who went into the contest on the back of three straight wins, and that was followed by efforts from James Clare, Luke Dorn and Michael Shenton.
Wakefield returned to form with an eight-try victory that keeps alive their outside Super League play-off hopes while ending those of rivals Salford.
Australian scrum-half Tim Smith, who is on loan from Salford, was at the heart of the Wildcats' 42-6 triumph, only their second win in five matches, which keeps them within four points of eighth-placed Widnes with two matches left of the regular season.
Smith's half-back partner Pita Godinet was also influential on his return from a six-week injury lay-off.