WANGARATTA overcame a bout of the yips and survived a late comeback from Wodonga to secure its third victory in a row on Saturday, defeating the Bulldogs by eight points.
Leading by four points after an entertaining first half, the Magpies dominated the third quarter but let themselves down badly in front of goal, kicking 2.7 to find themselves down by two points at the final change.
They cleaned up their act to kick 6.1 in the final term and surge to a 24-point lead but Zack Leitch was sent from the field late in the game, giving the Bulldogs hope.
The home teamed surged home with a couple of quick goals but the Magpies did enough to hold on, finishing victors 14.16 (100) to 14.8 (92).
Former coach Judd Porter was superb for the Magpies, holding Bulldog star Steve Murray to just three goals while skipper Matt Kelly, Sean Johns and Josh Porter were also in top form.
James Wong took his season tally to 31 majors with another bag of four while Porter (three) and Josh Owen (two) also provided options.