Woking 1, Chester City 2: UNINTIMIDATED by Hereford's amazing result across the capital the night before, Chester City responded like champions-elect at the Kingfield Stadium.
It may not have been a Rolls-Royce performance from the Blues, but they had Ferrari power under the bonnet when it mattered in the shape of substitute Michael Twiss.
His devastating runs the previous week had undone Dagenham & Redbridge when two points seemed lost, and he came to City's rescue again with what may well be their goal of the season.
With four minutes left, a draw seemed the most likely outcome until Twiss accelerated forward from the halfway line with Daryl Clare's help. He surged past two defenders with the homing instinct of a heat-seeking missile before unleashing a shot which goalkeeper Ashley Bayes saw only as a blur as it ripped into the top corner of his net.
It was certainly one for the cameras as Sky Sports celebrated a weekend goal feast, having also been at Dagenham 24 hours earlier to see Hereford's title hopes rekindled in spectacular fashion with a 9-0 victory.
They are still in with a shout, of course, but Chester keep showing the resilience of champions in waiting, even if they continue to be wayward in front of goal.
Still, manager Mark Wright wasn't complaining. 'We gave away a stupid goal but we got better and better,' he said. 'It wasn't a great game for the spectators but the result was the important thing.'
Chester had lost on all three previous visits to Woking, who had been beaten only once this season at home, and that record looked as if it could be improved with a goal after 55 seconds for the hosts.
Amos Foyewa, a thorn in City's side in the first half, wriggled past Phil Bolland in the box and sent in a short cross to Steve Ferguson, who turned the ball past a helpless Iain Turner.
Darryn Stamp should have had City level 10 minutes later when Alex Smith's superb through pass put him clear. But with Bayes committed and off his line, the striker lobbed wide.
He was guilty again on 41 minutes following a good run and cross by Danny Williams, somehow scooping the ball over the bar from close range.
Chester had recovered well from the early setback, but the equaliser remained elusive.
Daryl Clare thought he had got it four minutes into the second half when Smith and Stamp linked up well to provide the opening, only for Bayes to keep out Clare's shot.
Twiss took just three minutes to signal his intent when he was sent on for Smith after 67 minutes. Kevin McIntyre's corner found him lurking on the goal-line, but his header went over when it seemed easier to score.
Seven minutes later, though, another header proved deadly.
This time it belonged to Danny Collins, who picked his spot just inside the post from another McIntyre corner to give City fresh hope.
Twiss's golden goal may have been expected to spark a final four minutes of pressure by the visitors, but it was Woking who turned up the heat.
In an amazing goalmouth scramble, the Chester defence managed to keep their goal intact and Turner made his first real save of his loan period when he tipped over a goalbound drive from Ferguson.
Woking: Bayes, Smith, Boardman, Giles, Mac-Donald, Townsend, Canham, Murray, Cockerill, Ferguson, Foyewa, Subs: Oliver, Haule, Northmore, Johnson, Sharp. Booked: Foyewa.
Chester: Turner, Guyett, Bolland, Collins, Heard, Carden, Williams, Smith (Twiss 67), McIntyre, Stamp, Clare. Subs: Davies, Rapley, Carey, Lane.
Booked: Smith, Carden. Referee: K Stroud (Bournemouth). Attendance: 2,554.