A LAST-MINUTE try from Paul Foster sealed a famous 42-38 victory for Chester Gladiators over Wigan Riversiders on Saturday.
Both sides produced some excellent rugby in a see-saw encounter that featured 14 tries, a sending-off and some shuddering defence.
The Gladiators, who gave debuts to Rob Nixon and Dave Lenton, fell behind on 11 minutes but hit back to take the lead when Steve Threllfall finished an outstanding passage of play and strong-running prop Michael Durham barged over.
The longer-established visitors responded with two converted tries to regain the advantage only for Chris Young to level the contest shortly after the start of the second half.
Back came the Riversiders and when they moved ahead with 56 minutes on the clock, there looked to be only one winner.
But the Gladiators refused to buckle and they restored parity, firstly through Damon Williams and Chris Pape and then through new boy Lenton, before veteran Foster twisted and turned his way past two tacklers to touch down with just seconds left on the clock.
Goal-kicking full-back Simon Quinn was named the man-of-the-match for the hosts, for whom Threlfall and match-winner Foster also stood out in what was a superb team display.
The Gladiators travel to Newton Storm on Saturday (2.30pm).