Singapore international Khariul Amri came off the bench to lead the Stags to a dramatic 3-2 win against Balestier Khalsa after the Eastern giant had thrown away a two-goal lead.
The final result should not have looked so dramatic to the average fan after Aleksandar Duric and Aliff Shafaein had given the Stags half-time lead of 2-0.
With the meanest defence in the league, it would have meant the end of the Tigers if not the match but whatever Tiger coach Nasarudin had said to his team since to work in the second period.
The Tigers strike back as the Stags appear content to keep what they have and they were not stunned awake even when Nurhilmi Jasni got the first Tigers goal.
It was only the second goal from the Tigers own substitute hero Rivaldo Costa that really stunned them but by then the Stags were in a mess already and unable to get themselves back into the match.
That why the winner from Khariul must have came as a relief to the Stags who have now extend the lead at the top of the table.
The night before, Etoile FC and Beijing Gouan (S) played to a 0-0 draw at Queenstown Stadium.
Ridhuan Barudin (GK), Seiji Kaneko, (Jufri Taha) Zulkarnaen Zainal (C), Benoit Croissant, Akihiro Nakamura, Imran Sahib, Aliff Shafaein, (Ismadi Mukhtar) Shukor Zailan, Jamil Ali, Aleksandar Duric, (Khairul Amri) Qiu Li
Joey Sim (GK), Paul Cunningham, Daniel Hammond (C), K Sathiaraj, Ishak Zainol, (Andrew Tan) Kamal Nasir, K Vikraman, (Syaqir Sulaiman) Anantha Rajan, Poh Yi Feng, Nurhilmi Jasni, (Rivaldo Costa) Vitor Borges
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