It felt like now-or-never time for Brixham, and the Fishermen rose to the occasion to beat Okehampton 33-17 at Astley Park and raise hopes of a top half of the table finish in the Tribute South West Premier Division.
Brixham emphatically ended their five-match losing run, leading 15-7 at half-time and going on to leapfrog Okehampton up to 11th place, with front-row forward Kai Allton's late try clinching an important bonus-point.
Unlikely as it might have seemed only a week or two ago, Brixham could actually rise as high as eight if they can follow up with another win at fellow mid-table side Launceston this Saturday.
Have Torquay Athletic shot their bolt in Cornwall & Devon Division? It certainly looks that way, for the Tics - they lost 26-41 at home to leaders Topsham before the second seasonal break - were thumped 36-0 away to lowly Withycombe.
The Exmouth side led 22-0 at the interval, ran in five tries, and Torquay, now down to fifth place and 14 points behind Topsham, need a statement performance against Veor from Camborne at the Recreation Ground this Saturday to cheer up their supporters.
In Western Counties West Division, Paignton's George Palk scored a try and Mike Sandercock kicked three penalties, but that wasn't enough to save the Cherries from a 27-14 defeat away to second-placed Chard.
Mid-table Newton Abbot made the most of a trip to struggling Falmouth, dealing out a 52-13 rout in Cornwall.
Teignmouth (5th) travelled to Bideford (6th) and drew 10-10.
All three local sides have winning chances this Saturday - Newton Abbot are at home to bottom club Honiton, Paignton meet Falmouth at Queen's Park and Teignmouth take on Burnham-on-Sea (4th) at Bitton Park.
New Cross (Kingsteignton) are still top of Devon One, after OPMs from Plymouth missed a chance to overtake them when they lost 39-17 at Exeter Saracens.
New Cross (36pts) now lead by a point from South Molton and OPMs, and Totnes are the visitors to Five Lanes this weekend.
Dartmouth make the short but scenic trip to Salcombe, while bottom-of-the-table Buckfastleigh Ramblers travel to South Molton.
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