Collingwood recorded a stirring one-point win over Sydney at the SCG, relieving pressure on coach Nathan Buckley.
Our Inside Football experts take a look at the individual performances of each player...
SYDNEY SWANS – 11.13 (79)
Aliir ALIIR – 6
After sluggish start he got going. Dare and guile from defence is a real thing of beauty. Just backs himself.
Jordan DAWSON – 2
Youngster was only a very minor player in the overall effort. Only six effective disposals playing forward.
Oliver FLORENT – 3
Only kick in first term resulted in a goal and he kicked one himself in final term to cut margin to one point late in match.
Jordan FOOTE – 3
Youngster found the going tough. Eight effective disposals but laid six tackles so effort was there.
Robbie FOX – 4
Jagged sides first goal 18 minutes into first term and showed glimpses throughout. Certainly plenty to work with.
Lance FRANKLIN – 4
250th game celebration turned sour. Failed to kick a goal for only fourth time in past 38 matches. Gave a few away.
Heath GRUNDY – 7
Job on Moore and did the superbly well. Among the better Swans on the night.
Dan HANNEBERY – 7
Better night for the star Swan. Still not at brutal best but nine tackles, and six clearances indicates high work-rate.
Will HAYWARD – 6
Not sighted in first term then came to life to kick two second-term goals and another in last. Made most of his six kicks.
George HEWETT – 4
Zero influence on the flow of the game early then got better. Like many teammates lacked four-quarter presence.
Kieren JACK – 4
Slow start but then jagged two second-time goals to get side back into game. Still well short of his hard-running best.
Zak JONES – 7
Battled manfully in defence and around the ball all night to be a fine contributor for his team.
Josh KENNEDY – 7
Midfield bull grabbed a lot of ball (33 disposals) but just 18 effective. Seven clearances and a goal to be a factor.
Jake LLOYD – 6
Again at the pointy end of team’s top disposal winners with 33. Impact given number is questionable. One inside-50.
Harry MARSH – 6
Under siege down back but held up pretty well given Magpie tackle pressure. Steady start to the year continues.
Callum MILLS – 6
Star youngster does his work with the minimum of fuss. Has played better games but still offered something from the back half.
Sam NAISMITH – 2
Big ruckman not as good as previous weeks and well beaten on the night by Grundy. Seven hit-outs to advantage.
Nic NEWMAN – 7
Fine effort given his inexperience. Snapped up 23 disposals, four tackles and kicked a gaol to be among better performers.
Luke PARKER – 5
Stud playmaker isn’t at the level to which he’s accustomed. Worked hard but just 13 effective disposals and one inside-50.
Sam REID – 1
Ball never got to him in first term. First disposal came at 12-minute mark of second term and well beaten by his brother Ben.
Nick SMITH – 3
All sorts of issues with Fasalo who booted three first-term goals and four before halftime. Got on top after that, but still struggling.
COLLINGWOOD – 11.14 (80)
Taylor ADAMS – 8
Set the tone with his defensive work in close laying a truckload of tackles (11). Spent time at half back too.
Tim BROOMHEAD – 6
Missed a few chances on the night, but got his hands on the ball well and did his bit.
Jack CRISP – 6
Rotated through midfield and was given a few different roles, but played his part when required.
Alex FASOLO – 7
On fire with a four-goal first half but then cooled off. Missed one late, but in the end, his opening barrage was huge.
Tyson GOLDSACK – 6
Good down back against the resting ruckman for large parts. Not big numbers, but played his part.
Levi GREENWOOD – 6
Battled away in midfield and could have made Swans’ pay more on scoreboard, but missed chances. Fair.
Brodie GRUNDY – 7
Superb in opening half opposed to Naismith, mostly in ruck. Steady second half but had good moments late.
Excellent start and kicked a monster goal in the final term that proved to be the difference. Took 10 marks.
Jeremy HOWE – 7
Cut off Sydney attacks well after half time. Picks the right time to sag off opponent and impact the contest.
Brayden MAYNARD – 6
Some key touches late and showed composure with ball in hand but also had his hands full defensively at stages.
Chris MAYNE – 4
Quiet offensively but did his bit defensively at times in front half. Needs to do more.
Darcy MOORE – 3
Okay early, but then a spectator for long periods again – it’s becoming a worrying pattern. Winnings helps though.
Scott PENDLEBURY – 7
Despite Magpies strong start, was quieter than normal, but then played a pivotal in second half role in what was a famous win.
Tom PHILLIPS – 8
Ball magnet early with 19 first-half touches, and ended with 27. Always available to provide a link in midfield.
Jackson RAMSAY – 6
Had some worrying moments, but overall stood steadily enough to help keep Swans at bay.
Ben REID – 8
Great duel with his brother in defence and took the points comfortably for much of the night. 10 marks.
Henry SCHADE – 8
Humungous task on Buddy in his 250th. In his wildest dreams, he wouldn’t have thought he could keep him goalless. He did.
Laid 12 tackles, which isn’t his normal gig, but composure under pressure with ball in hand was important at key times.
Josh SMITH – 6
Stood tall in a few key moments and distributed the ball fairly well across the night.
Adam TRELOAR – 7
Superb third-quarter goal and got his hands dirty with a remarkable 14 tackles. Exemplified the Pies’ blue-collar approach.
Travis VARCOE – 5
Back from suspension and took a while to get rolling, but second half touches were important in the overall scheme of things.
Jesse WHITE – 6
Cracking long goal in second term against old mob and continued to work hard.