Bears-Lagoon Serpentine burst into the LVFNL top five after scoring a gutsy eight-point win over reigning premier Newbridge.
The Bears looked like being overran by the Maroons when the visitors kicked the first three goals of the final quarter to level the scores.
Despite kicking against the breeze, the Bears dug deep to kick the next two goals of the game.
Newbridge responded to get the margin back into single figures, but the Bears hung on to win 11.10 (76) to 10.8 (68).
"We showed a lot of character today to stick it out and keep going when the odds were against us,'' Bears' coach Greg Gadsden said.
"Newbridge kicked three goals in the first seven minutes of the last quarter, but the boys worked hard got a couple of goals and then showed a lot of guts to tough it out at the end."
Josh Walsh was superb for the Bears across half-back, with his intercept marking a highlight.
Brodie Leonard-Shannon swung between centre half-forward and centre half-back and had a big impact on the game, while his younger brother Ollie won plenty of the ball through the middle of the ground.
Newbridge's inability to kick a goal against the wind in two quarters proved to the difference in the game.
Will Daly kicked three goals to be Newbridge's best player, while Chris McLean and Billy Price were four-quarter contributors.
The loss leaves Newbridge with a 3-4 record and in sixth place on the ladder ahead of next week's clash with top team Pyramid Hill.
While the Maroons are struggling to gain any momentum, two-straight wins has pushed the Bears into fourth place.
"We've got another tough one next week when we play Maiden Gully YCW at Maiden Gully,'' Gadsden said.
"It's the nature of the competition at the moment. There's no easy games and if you don't turn up ready to play you'll get beaten.
"This win gives us a good springboard, but we've got to back it up now and win again next week.
"If we can do that then we will have a platform to build on, but there's a lot of work to be done between now and then."
Bridgewater v Mitiamo
Mitiamo key forwards Tyrone Downie and Ryan Wellington kicked 12 goals between them to lead the Superoos to a 65-point win over Bridgewater.
Downie and Wellington booted six goals each as the Superoos won 18.10 (118) to 9.9 (63).
The young Mean Machine side took the game right up to Mitiamo in the first half and the margin was only 18 points at the main break.
The longer the game went the more the bigger bodies of Mitiamo took over.
Dougie Thomas and Terry Reeves controlled the middle of the ground and Downie and Wellington took advanatge inside forward 50.
The Superoos kicked 10 goals to four in the second-half to cruise to their fifth-straight win.
"We've had quite a few ins and outs lately, including three more this week, but we're building each week,'' Mitiamo co-coach Andy Grant said.
"We were still a bit patchy today, but we're getting there."
Grant praised the performance of Thomas.
"Dougie has come back from injury and taken a little bit to get going, but he's playing good footy now,'' Grant said.
"He's fit, his body is holding up well and he'll only get better."
Harry Symons was clearly Bridgewater's best player, while Liam Jacques and Alex Powell (four goals) tried hard to lift their side.
Despite the defeat the Mean Machine remains in fifth place on the ladder.
Pyramid Hill v Calivil United
Pyramid Hill was made to work hard for its seventh-straight win.
Not for the first time this season Calivil United gave a top side a scare, but didn't walk away with the four points.
The Demons were right in the game until early in the final quarter before the Bulldogs shook them off to record a 13.17 (95) to 10.5 (65) win.
The Bulldogs only led by seven points at half-time and the margin was four goals at the final change.
Calivil United had the breeze in the last term, but Pyramid Hill ran out the game strongly.
"We missed some opportunities in the first quarter with the wind,'' Pyramid Hill coach Adrian McErvale said.
"We kicked 5.7, but we should have kicked a few more goals and we should have been further in front.
"In the second quarter Pyramid Hill were by far the better side. They set up really well behind the ball.
"In the the third quarter we didn't get the margin where we could feel comfortable, but thankfully in the last quarter we kicked a couple of early goals against the wind to give us some breathing space."
In an even team performance, Gavin James, Steve Gunther and James Sala were Pyramid Hill's best.
Sam Demeo, Will Jeffs and Jake Hall played well for a Demons' side that remains in the finals hunt despite its 1-7 record.
Inglewood v MGYCW
A 10-goal haul to Brayden Aitken was the highlight of Maiden Gully YCW's 64-point win over Inglewood.
Aitken led strongly at the footy and was accurate in front of goal in the 23.12 (150) to 13.8 (86) victory.
"Brayden's a smart player and he gets to dangerous spots. Our ball use to him inside 50 was a bit better today as well," MGYCW coach Wayne Mitrovic said.
Wingman Nick Waterson shook off a tag to produce another big game, Luke Gray kicked four goals, while Cohen Kekich continues to enjoy his new role in the midfield.
First-gamer Josh Worsley, promoted from the under-18s, showed he has a big future with a strong performance.
It wasn't all doom and gloom for the winless Inglewood.
The Blues' total of 13.8 (86) was their highest score of the season by 20 points.
Alex Mitchell kicked three of their 13 goals to be the Blues' best.
Have you signed up to the Bendigo Advertiser's daily newsletter and breaking news emails? You can register below and make sure you are up to date with everything that's happening in central Victoria.