A knee injury to captain Alex Glenn has soured Brisbane's drought-breaking 26-8 NRL win over last-placed Canterbury at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
It wasn't pretty but the Broncos finally snapped their six-game losing streak, notching their first win since March 20 and ending an agonising 113-day wait for long-suffering fans.
Motivated by the thought that yet another loss would relegate them to last on the table, the Broncos did enough in a clanger-fuelled clash in front of 7134 fans.
However the rare victory was marred by Glenn limping off in the 54th minute with a suspected medial ligament injury after an ugly tackle by Reimis Smith.
The Bulldogs centre was placed on report for a cannonball tackle after spearing into Glenn's leg.
Under-fire coach Anthony Seibold cracked a rare smile post-match but admitted Glenn's injury had left a bitter taste.
"It does. He's our captain. It's disappointing. It was a really awkward looking tackle - the match review committee will be looking at that," Seibold said.
"Lexy will get scans tomorrow but it looks like an MCL.
"(But) it was a much better performance tonight. It's a step in the right direction.
"That gives members and supports a shot in the arm, they have stuck solid."
In a match billed as a battle for the wooden spoon, 15th placed Brisbane took on dead last Bulldogs - and it showed in an error-riddled affair.
At times, the teams didn't look like they knew how to play, let alone win, with the clash sometimes farcical due to the amount of dropped ball.
Overall there were 24 errors with Brisbane committing 13.
Inspirational prop Tevita Pangai and five-eighth Anthony Milford's kicking game proved the difference as the Bulldogs suffered their fifth-straight loss.
Pangai ran 112m, scored one try, set up another and had six offloads.
Canterbury (1-8 record) have slumped to their worst start to a season since 1964.
After leading 10-4 at halftime, Brisbane kicked ahead when winger Jamayne Isaako pounced on Milford's pinpoint 40m kick in the 44th minute and Xavier Coates crashed over 15 minutes later.
Isaako nabbed his double in the 77th minute after Pangai somehow offloaded before being muscled into touch.
A rejuvenated Brisbane were expected on Saturday after Seibold allowed player-driven changes this week.
Team golf days and optional training sessions were introduced to try to help players rediscover their love of the game.
And the Broncos exploded out of the blocks with winger turned back-rower Corey Oates crashing over in the eighth minute.
The Broncos made it 10-0 when Pangai scored in the 16th minute after pouncing on a ball dropped by Aiden Tolman.
Canterbury's England import Luke Thompson made his presence felt on NRL debut in a running battle with Pangai and was placed on report for a 37th minute shoulder charge on the Tongan international.
Brisbane's Oates also went on report for a 27th minute high shot on Marcelo Montoya.
Australian Associated Press