A change in attitude towards the end of last season has breathed new life into the career of Collingwood goalsneak Alex Fasolo.

The 23-year-old stole the show in the Magpies' thrilling one-point win over Richmond on Friday night at the MCG.

In a career-best performance, Fasolo wowed the crowd, kicking six goals for the match, including two crucial majors in the dying minutes of the game to give Collingwood a chance to snatch victory. 

With key forward Travis Cloke desperately trying to find some form, and youngster Darcy Moore well held, Fasolo shouldered the load in attack.

From his 14 disposals and six marks, he not only kicked six straight goals but also had four goal assists.

After a slow start to last season and some frank conversations with the coach, Fasolo was sent back to the VFL for five weeks to work on not only his game, but his mindset.

He regained his place in the senior side in round eight against Gold Coast but it wasn't until the back end of the season that Collingwood started seeing an improvement in the small forward.

Coach Nathan Buckley said it took "courage" for Fasolo to change his attitude to football and said he had since become a better teammate.

"The growth in Fas personally, has seen the growth in his footy," Buckley said after the win.

"He adjusted his attitude a little bit towards footy, and where he fits at the footy club, and it's just brought him to another level. It's good to see him get the rewards tonight.

"He's a better teammate than he's been before. He's more invested in what's going on around him than he has before and that's a significant shift.

"All credit to him because it takes courage to do that and he's given himself a chance to find out where he can go with his footy career, let alone changing his perspective on the rest of his life."

Fasolo was crucial to the Magpies' come-from-behind win over the Tigers.

"I really enjoyed the opportunity down there tonight," the small forward told Channel Seven after the game.

"I rely on our midfield who did a great job tonight, they move the ball so well and that helped me.

"We play for each other and we don’t mind who's kicking the big ones. Tonight it was me, and it was good to be a part of."

The Pies snatched the four-points in the dying seconds of the match when Moore received a free kick from a deliberate out-of-bounds decision.

On a tight angle on the boundary, the young forward kicked to the top of the goalsquare where ruckman Brodie Grundy took possession and snapped truly to take a one-point lead with just four seconds remaining.

When asked what was going through his mind in the final 20 seconds, Buckley joked, "that we probably won't score if we kick it to the top of the goal square."

The coach refused to concede the Pies stole the win but said there was plenty of improvement for the Magpies ahead of next Saturday's game against St Kilda.

"The last five minutes… the leadership, communication and organisation on the field was really strong," Buckley said.

"We were able to put bodies in the right places at the right time. We pressed the button on being more aggressive. To be honest, the way we moved the ball in the last five minutes is what we want to see in the first five minutes. There's plenty of learning in that for us."