That was all that separated Wangaratta from defeating Lavington under lights on Saturday night as the Panthers started the season 2-0 with the 45-41 victory.
The Magpies threw their hat into the ring as an improved team and will be a force in the league if they can replicate matches like their round two performance.
The one thing that the home side will rue, is the start that they allowed Lavington.
The Panthers burst out of the blocks, piling on 15-8 in the opening term and keeping the Magpies at bay for much of the game.
The lead pushed out to nine goals with four minutes to go in the last quarter, but Wangaratta rallied to cut the deficit to four on the final whistle.