Collingwood shooter Shimona Nelson has shaded a great duel with her Jamaica international teammate Shamera Sterling to help her side to a drought-breaking 60-56 Super Netball win over Adelaide Thunderbirds.
Both sides had suffered double-digit losses in their first two games, heading into Saturday's clash at John Cain Arena.
But it was Collingwood who found their range to break their duck for the season, shooting 90 per cent compared to the Thunderbirds 79.
Nelson made 37 of her 39 attempts and teammate Gabrielle Sinclair landed two of her five match-high super shots down the stretch.
"In the past we've actually struggled against Shamera but Shimmy was awesome," Nicole Richardson said following her first win as Collingwood's head coach.
"To beat Thunderbirds you really have to take Shamera Sterling out of the contest and Shimmy did a really good job with that.
"Her holds were a lot stronger and we did a lot of work on that in the past week."
The Magpies held a narrow lead for much of the game but could not shrug off a determined Thunderbirds outfit who were up by two with less than four minutes left.
But Adelaide were held scoreless from that point, with Sinclair landing from distance and Nelson adding a couple from close range.
Jodi-Ann Ward was a big defensive presence for the Magpies pulling off four intercepts, while wing attack Kelsey Browne was dynamic, connecting well with Nelson on numerous occasions as she racked-up a match-high 25 assists.
Richardson stuck with the same starting seven for the entire match, while her Adelaide counterpart Tania Obst made several changes through the game.
"If it didn't come our way people would be saying that we didn't use fresh legs, so we're lucky the gamble paid off," Richardson said.
"It's hard to sit there for 50 minutes, in a game that's that close, to be able to inject in and get up to the pace of the game, so that was playing on the back of my mind as well.
"The game could have gone either way but what I'm so pleased about is that we really found a way to grind that win out."
The two teams went virtually goal for goal through the first half, with neither ever leading by more than three.
The see-saw nature of the game continued after halftime.
The Magpies edged to a 44-40 lead late in the third quarter, but Adelaide levelled by the end of the term.
"It was pleasing to see our endeavour and intensity continue to step up again from last week," Obst said.
"Unfortunately we didn't take our chances to push ahead in the game in the second half."
Lenize Potgieter was Adelaide's most reliable shooter, making 23 of her 25 attempts.