THORVERTON manager Wayne Radford finally had something to smile about after his team left it late to beat fellow Premier Division strugglers Exmouth Amateurs 3-2.
The Thors had been cruising at 2-0 with goals from Ben Bristowe and Lee Riggs but switched off and it was 2-2 at the break.
Five minutes from time, Adam Langabeer pounced for the winner.
Radford's men face a much sterner test at Raddon Road this weekend as Newtown make the trip.
Willand Rovers lost at Topsham Town 2-0 as they lacked a cutting edge. They face a big challenge at Heavitree Social United on Saturday, who go into the game after a 3-0 win at the University.
Morchard Bishop were without a game on Saturday but will feel they can get the better of Seaton Town this weekend.
The East Devon outfit are far from the force which finished runners-up last season, and they lost 5-0 against league leaders Hatherleigh last weekend.
Elsewhere, St Martins carry the flag for the league into the quarter-finals of the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup after thumping Loddiswell of the South Devon League 7-0.
Feniton regained second place in the Premier Division with a 5-1 win against Clyst Valley while Beer Albion and Budleigh Salterton grabbed a point each from a 2-2 draw.
Witheridge underlined their promotion credentials from Division One with a 5-0 victory at Alphington. A Ryan Greenwood treble and a double from Jason Manley saw off for their hosts.
Sidbury United edged their derby clash at East Budleigh 2-1, but they remain four points adrift of leaders Chard Town, who were 4-1 winners at Heavitree Social United. Richard Phillips was the Heavies' scorer.
Bow AAC also won 4-1 at Cullompton Rangers, with Kieran Stone (2), Will Hawking and Gavin Coles on target. Ryan Clark bagged Rangers' only goal.
The University won 3-0 at struggling Culm United, with Dan Conant, Callum Miller and Nick Somers sharing the goals.
Bickleigh took the chance to close up on inactive Division Two leaders Elmore with a 3-0 victory over Topsham Town. Bradley Newberry, Drew Laskey and new signing Adam Pengelly scored.
Beacon Knights went third after they routed a weakened Clyst Valley 9-1 with on-fire Chris Down bagging five. Tim Leveridge, Jack Greenslade, Matt Board and Ashley May also netted.
Dawlish United drew 4-4 at Exeter Civil Service, with Ben Smith claiming a hat-trick. Simon Coleman also scored for Dawlish.
Colaton Raleigh lost vital ground on the leaders when they were beaten 6-3 at Halwill.
Crediton United moved to within a point of Division Three leaders Newton St Cyres after winning 3-1 at South Zeal 3-1.
Ottery St Mary maintained their climb up the table with a 4-1 win at Sandford. Pat Dawes and Matt Clothier-Smith both scored twice for the Otters.
Heavitree Social United replaced Axminster Town as Division Four leaders after edging their rivals 2-1. James Mills and Callum Roberts scored for Heavitree, whose Steve Bird had a great match.
The University won 3-0 against the Lord's XI, with Ben Yates (2) and Connor Hamill scoring.
Seaton Town keeper Dave Perham had another outstanding match but his side lost 3-1 against Chulmleigh. Seth Wakley was the Seaton scorer.
Countess Wear Dynamoes held on to third place in Division Five with a 2-1 win at Topsham. Tariq El-Zahri scored twice for Dynamoes.
Sampford Peverell were more than unhappy to lose 4-3 to second-placed Hatherleigh Town after feeling they dominated the match. Kris Roper, Jack Bridgman and Henry Clark scored for Sampford.
Amory Park Rangers regained top spot in Division Six following their 2-0 win at Morchard Bishop, who failed to take one chance from the several they created.
David Gwyther notched a hat-trick for Topsham Town in a 4-2 win at Chagford, whose Dan Elphick netted both goals. Matt Brown scored the other Topsham goal.
Starcross Generals are into second place in Division Seven after their 5-2 win against Cheriton Fitzpaine. Byron Parkhouse (3) and Adam Whitty (2) scored for the Generals.
Ottery St Mary and Otterton drew 2-2 in a lively game where the home side had both club secretary Richard Rogers and his son Callum red-carded, and neither was on the field at the time. Ottery also had a player dismissed. Joe Broadbent scored both Ottery goals and they led 2-1 until the last minute when visiting Otterton scored from a penalty that was taken twice.
Sidbury United are Division Eight leaders once again after their 6-0 thumping of Sandford and Alphington went second after their 6-4 success at Folly Gate.