Paul Chow netted deep into second-half stoppage time as Jarrow Roofing came from behind to defeat table-topping North Shields.
The Roofers actually found themselves ahead in the match through Michael Mackay, but goals from Ryan Carr and Lee Mason put the Robins in control.
Mackay completed his double with 10 minutes left to set up an exciting finish, and then Chow popped up with seconds to spare to secure a vital win and end North Shields’ 16-match unbeaten run.
Roofing’s joint boss, Mark Collingwood, insists this result did not come as a surprise to him, and has called on the squad to use this win as a springboard to kick their season into life.
“We’ve had a run of games where we’ve threatened that result,” he said. “I knew somebody was going to come a cropper here, but I didn’t expect that team to be North Shields.
“However, I don’t think anyone could deny us that win because I felt that we were the best side.
“The ability of this team is not a concern – sometimes, it’s the mentality. However, we’ve shown great mentality in this match, and I hope this can kickstart our season.
“This is a massive result for us. I’m delighted because we need to keep racking up these points to move away from the wrong end of the table.”
Roofing broke the deadlock on 14 minutes when Mackay scored from close range.
Carr levelled when he fired through a crowd of bodies and past Andy Jennison and five minutes later Mason put the visitors ahead as he drove into the box to score.
The second half proved to be a tense affair, until Mackay slid in to convert a Calvin Smith cross.
Instead of settling for a point, Roofing went in search of the winner. Centre-back Dan Kirkup went up front and caused havoc but it was veteran striker Chow who scored the winner at the far post after Kris Hughes’ free-kick had been flicked on.