Huntingdon returned to winning ways thanks to an impressive final flourish.
Damien Whales’ men piled up 15 unanswered points in the final 15 minutes of their Midlands Division One East trip to Market Rasen & Louth to leave Lincolnshire in possession of a welcome 30-22 success.
The victory was enough to preserve their position in the top six of the standings, but it didn’t always look a likely outcome during a Stags display in which plenty of impressive work was offset by making too many errors.
They fell behind to an early try from the hosts before easing into a five-point lead courtesy of a Glen McIntyre try, converted by Dan Malem, after the same man had also kicked a penalty.
The teams continued to trade tries, with Stags punished for some powder-puff defending before Luke Murphy crashed over following a strong burst by fellow prop Matt Davies-Binge.
Once again, Whales’ men couldn’t hold their lead and a converted Market Rasen score sent them in to the break with a two-point cushion.
That increased to seven points when the home side made their extra man count after Seth Muggeridge had been yellow-carded.
That try was particularly frustrating given Stags failure to make their own numerical advantage count while Market Rasen had men in the sin bin, but they did later gain the upper hand.
Malem darted through a huge gap to touch down under the posts before converting to level the scores and Stags edged back ahead courtesy of the same player’s penalty soon afterwards.
And when Simon Rose charged in from 25 metres out, a bonus point as well as victory was in the bag.
Huntingdon entertain Melton Mowbray at The Racecourse this Saturday, 2.15pm.