Melbourne Heart have avoided the ignominy of setting a record 20-game winless run in the A-League by beating the Newcastle Jets 3-1 at AAMI Park on Friday.
The hosts trailed to Taylor Regan's opener and looked set to surpass the sorry streak of 19 matches without tasting victory which they share with the defunct New Zealand Knights.
But goals from Iain Ramsay and Mate Dugandzic in the shadows of half-time, followed by a second from the former Melbourne Victory man mid-way through the second half, sealed a long-awaited triumph for the club, which sacked John Aloisi and replaced him with former coach John van 't Schip earlier this month in a bid to end the nightmare sequence of results.
The Jets, although under-strength, must now ask themselves how they managed to become the first team since Sydney FC in February 2013 to lose to the competition's whipping boys.
It was stinking hot in Melbourne all day leading up to kick-off and the two teams, at least initially, produced football to match, both in terms of tempo and quality.
The Jets, missing four first-team regulars due to international duty and without another two long-term injury victims, struggled to mount a single notable foray forward in the first 30 minutes.
The Heart were close to full strength, and able to finally name Orlando Engelaar on the bench after his recovery from a broken leg suffered in pre-season. But the malaise which has affected the team all season remained alive and well, as they were limited to long-range shots from Ramsay and Harry Kewell.
The Jets meanwhile had even less to show for their efforts, and appeared to surprise even themselves when centre-back Regan headed home the opening goal - his first after four seasons in the A-League - completely unmarked from a corner in the 37th minute.
A cool change in the late afternoon had provided some relief from the heat, and if that wasn't enough, two minutes after the goal, the heavens opened, doubtless refreshing the players but sending supporters fleeing for the stadium's covered seating.