Brisbane have shaken off a sluggish first half in remarkable fashion to notch an important 49-point AFL win over the Gold Coast at the Gabba.
The Lions trailed 60-33 at halftime and were staring down the barrel of three straight losses before reeling off a run of 11 unanswered goals in the second half.
Lincoln McCarthy booted four majors in the 17.18 (120) to 10.11 (71) victory on Saturday afternoon that keeps Brisbane in the hunt for a top-four berth.
"I just had a rational conversation with them about what was going on in the game," Lions coach Chris Fagan said about his halftime address.
"We were just clunky and uncoordinated but gee we found our mojo in the second half."
Charlie Cameron and Joe Daniher kicked three goals each, with Daniher producing a spectacular effort late in the third quarter when he leapt to boot the ball in mid-air.
The Lions hit the lead for the first time in the final two minutes of the third term when McCarthy nailed a set shot from 55 metres out.
It was a horror fade out from the Suns, who had all the running in the opening two quarters against a Lions outfit that was wasteful in front of goal.
Cameron, Hugh McCluggage, Oscar McInerney and Jarryd Lyons all played a big part in the comeback - the Lions' sixth win in a row over their southeast Queensland rivals.
It was a relieving victory for Brisbane whose form appeared on the slide after losses to Richmond and St Kilda.
"I never felt that we were off track, to be honest. It's been a big campaign for us," Fagan said.
"We were one-and-three after four games. We've had to fight pretty hard and play really consistent footy to claw our way back into calculations."
Gold Coast copped a blow when Oleg Markov was medically subbed out halfway through the first quarter with a left hamstring problem.
Teammate Sam Flanders had his jaw and cheekbone assessed in the first quarter after heavy contact but played out the game.
Ben King and Josh Corbett kicked three for the Suns, while Brayden Fiorini topped the possession count for the game with 41.
The Suns kicked the first three goals of the contest and produced a run of four straight in the second term before the wheels fell off.
"We passed the test in the first half and clearly we failed in the second. They upped the ante a little bit but we opened the gate far too much," Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew said.
"There were some inside 50s we soaked up in the first half, there were some warning signs. We spoke about that at halftime.
"That was a top-four lesson in the second half."
Australian Associated Press