A stunning banana goal from Josh Daicos sealed a much-needed 6.14 (50) to 6.5 (41) win for Collingwood against Sydney at the Gabba on Thursday evening.
The Pies had been woeful in front of goal through the first half, going into the long break with 2.10 on the board and trailing by eight points, but they straightened in the second half, however, the match was still on the line until Daicos' classic sealer.
The young Sydney side didn't stop trying and a Jackson Thurlow goal midway through the last quarter brought the margin to just two points, but Nathan Buckley's men settled to go on and secure their fifth win from the opening 10 rounds.
The victory was soured by a final-term leg injury to Isaac Quaynor that saw the young defender carried from the ground on a stretcher, adding to woes with Will Hoskin-Elliott and Adam Treloar also seeing the game out on the bench.
COLLINGWOOD 0.6 2.10 5.11 6.14 (50)
SYDNEY 1.0 5.0 5.2 6.5 (41)
Collingwood: Ruscoe, Elliott, Noble, B. Reid, Adams, Daicos
Sydney: Thurlow 2, Wicks, Bell, Stephens, Papley
Collingwood: Adams, Maynard, Daicos, Treloar, Sier, Grundy
Sydney: Lloyd, Rowbottom, Dawson, Thurlow, Hayward, Stephens
Collingwood: Hoskin-Elliott (right knee), Treloar (TBC), Quaynor (lower right leg)