Bees boosted their prospects of beating the drop with a well-deserved win over Huddersfield.
With relegation rivals Hull and Luctonians pitted against the top two sides, this was Bees’ big chance to throw themselves a lifeline and they grabbed it with both hands.
Bees’ director of rugby Eugene Martin was under no illusions about the task ahead and said: “It was a game we simply had to win. If ever we needed a five-point win, then this was it.
“We asked the players for a big performance and we got one.’’
The game didn’t go to plan as kick-off was delayed by almost 45 minutes after Huddersfield’s coach broke down en route to Portway.
The belated start appeared to play into Huddersfield’s hands, who got on top in the early exchanges before taking the lead with a try from hooker Ben Morrill, which scrum-half Joel Hinchliffe converted.
But that seemed to galvanise Bees, who struck back with tries from scrum-half Charlie Ding and full-back Ian Briggs.
Huddersfield clawed their way back level on the stroke of half-time with the aid of a penalty try to make it 14-14.
But the second half belonged to Bees. Winger David Evans dashed over in the corner and centre Steve Johns stretched far enough to secure a bonus-point try to put Bees firmly in the driving seat.
Huddersfield hit back with a third try through No.8 Nick Sharpe with ten minutes left to set up a nervous finish.
But Bees’ supporters needn’t have worried as Johns stormed over for his second try with six minutes left to seal the points.
Another high point for Bees was fly-half Adam Canning, who gave a masterclass of kicking in windy conditions by converting all five tries.