A brilliant Archie Thompson double and grim defence salvaged a nine-man Melbourne Victory a gallant 2-2 draw with A-League football leaders Brisbane Roar at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
The Victory had two players sent off by the 37th minute, but managed to keep the game scoreless from then on.
While the Roar's record unbeaten streak stretched to 33 games, Victory became the first team this season to deny Brisbane maximum points.
Victory coach Mehmet Durakovic described his team's commitment to hold on after the sending offs as unbelievable.
Meanwhile the Newcastle Jets moved into equal second place on the A-League ladder with a 2-0 home win over Perth Glory.