The Sydney Thunder have won a Big Bash League game for the first time since December 2011 after crushing Melbourne Renegades by nine wickets on Tuesday.
Chasing 105 to win in heatwave conditions, the Thunder improved their win-loss record to 1-6 this summer after scoring 1-105 with 8.3 overs to spare.
Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan (46) and Usman Khawaja (46 not out) added 89 for the first wicket before Dilshan fell to James Pattinson's bowling in the 10th over.
A jubilant skipper Mike Hussey was unbeaten on nine and hit the winning run to fittingly share a rare moment of joy in a heartbreaking season.
"I'm very proud of the guys," Hussey said, describing the win as comprehensive.
"It's something we haven't had for a long time."
The Thunder's previous victory was against Adelaide Strikers at ANZ Stadium on December 23, 2011. Tuesday's win breaks a 19-game losing streak.
The Renegades chose to bat on Tuesday and were bowled out for 104 in 18.3 overs.
The home side narrowly avoided the lowest BBL innings total at Etihad Stadium, which is the 9-102 by Hobart Hurricanes in December 2012.
Facing temperatures in the 40s, the Thunder showed plenty of spirit in the field led by paceman Gurinder Sandhu who took 3-21.
Sandhu made a huge breakthrough with the second delivery of the match, bowling the competition's leading runscorer Aaron Finch for a duck.
The opener has been in sensational form, scoring 262 runs at an average of 52.40 in the BBL plus a century in Sunday's one-day international against England at the MCG.
Test-squad member Alex Doolan (eight) also fell victim to Sandhu after failing to clear mid on with the total on 11.
Ben Rohrer (22) added 50 for the third wicket with Dan Harris (30). The loss of Rohrer triggered a collapse of 8-43. Sri Lanka import spinner Ajantha Mendis claimed a tidy 2-15 off his four overs.
The loss was the Renegades' fourth in six starts, leaving them with a poor run-rate and the desperate need to win their final two games to push for a semi-final berth.
The Renegades host Sydney Sixers at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night while the Thunder's season ends with a derby clash against the Sixers at ANZ Stadium on January 25.
Hussey said the Thunder's season had been a tough graft.
"I'm really proud of all the guys today," he said.
"There's no need to get carried away. We've got to make sure we enjoy this win but it is only one win."
Finch said he made a mistake at the toss by batting first, and Hussey said he would have made the same error.
"There was a little bit of movement in the wicket so that definitely helped us," Hussey said.
"We probably got a little bit lucky there in getting to bowl first."
The win was a big moment for Khawaja.
"He even mentioned to me as we walked off that him and Jason Floros were part of the only other two wins (in 2011/12)," Hussey said.
"He was very chuffed tonight to be on the winning side."
Finch took the blame for his side's batting collapse.
"It was probably partly my fault. I misread the wicket a little bit. It seemed to get better as the night went on," Finch said.