BRIXHAM coach Dan Parkes said the 30-28 win at Weston was a step in the right direction as the Fishermen started moving up the National Three South West table.
In a nail-biting last 10 minutes the Fishermen went ahead, fell behind then went ahead again to clinch the points.
"Our game control was better, but we are still playing dangerous rugby in our own half of the pitch," said Parkes, whose side entertain Amersham this Saturday.
The Fishermen hadn't won since the opening day of the season before setting off for Weston – and that didn't look like changing when they reached half time 17-6 down.
The turning point came when Brixham deployed mass mauling tactics to put Russ Morris in for a try.
It wasn't a cakewalk from then on – far from it as Brixham were still 17-13 behind - but something had changed.
"We were behind at half time and needed something to give the players a lift," said Parkes.
"When we scored the 15-man try from a line-out that did the trick.
"Suddenly the players could sniff a win and they picked their game up.
"There were some big games played in the second half and if I had to pick out anyone it would be Tim Goodman and Alun Glanvill, who were fantastic."
In recent seasons Weston have been known for their large pack and the omens were not good when the Fishermen were pushed off their own ball at the first scrum.
Brixham were not about to be steamrollered and showed it by driving their hosts back over a ruck to steal possession and set up an attack that led to the first score – Ben Lovell slotting a penalty.
Weston looked dangerous on the counter-attack and on the 25 minute mark one of these took them over the try-line.
Having taken the lead the hosts then enjoyed a ten minute spell of superiority concluded by a penalty goal.
The closing minutes of the opening session saw Brixham back on the attack and a second Lovell penalty reduced the deficit.
On the stroke of half-time the homesters counter-attacked and while there might have been a hint of a forward pass en-route touched down for a try. The conversion sent Brixham in at half-time trailing 17-6
It took Brixham eight minutes to make up for the pre-interval disappointment.
With the pack reinforced by backs, Brixham drove over for Morris to claim the try.
Lovell converted they landed a penalty goal minutes later. The Fishermen were just a point behind.
Midway through the half the visitors got their noses back in front.
The ball was spun left where No 8 Jarryd Harris drew the cover defence to allow winger Matt Crosscombe to cross. Lovell converted.
Into the last ten minutes Weston regained the lead when a series of attacks stretched the Brixham defence just a bit too far.
Brixham kept cool heads and were back on the attack. When a lineout catch and drive failed to push over the line centre Matt Tichias contrived a neat crosskick and Crosscombe dived to touch down. Andy Sandercock converted and the game was nearly up for Weston.