Tasmania's bowlers chimed in with crucial late innings runs and then ripped the heart out of Western Australia's batting on the opening day of their do- or-die Sheffield Shield game at the WACA.
With both teams needing an outright victory to remain in the hunt for a spot in next month's Shield final, Tasmania amassed a 211-run total then went on a bowling rampage to leave WA at 6-54 at stumps.
WA captain Michael Hussey won the toss and elected to field first on a green-looking WACA deck.
The move appeared to pay off, with Tasmania slumping to 8-138 just after lunch on the opening day, but the lower order did tremendously well to fight.
James Faulkner steadied things with 28 with Jason Krejza then adding 36, Ben Hilfenhaus 23 and Adam Maher a not out 14 to help Tasmania post 211.
WA still appeared on top heading into the second innings, but not for long with Hilfenhaus (2-21), Luke Butterworth (2-14), Maher (1-9) and Faulkner (1-8) bowling outstandingly on what was still a green top.
Tasmania had WA 4-28 with Liam Davis gone for five, Marcus Harris for seven, Luke Towers for two and John Rogers for 14 before Hussey and the returning Mitch Marsh came together at the wicket.
The pair tried in vain to survive until stumps, but fell to consecutive deliveries.
Hussey was caught by Bailey at fourth slip off Butterworth for three and then Marsh was trapped in front by Maher for 10 to leave the Warriors 6-44.
At stumps they were 6-54 with Sam Whiteman not out on six and Ryan Duffield four.
Earlier, Tasmania's batsmen Alex Doolan (33), Ricky Ponting (28), George Bailey (18) and Jon Wells (16) all made starts but couldn't go on with it.
Tasmania was 3-68 at lunch, but lost both Ponting and Bailey soon after to be 5-86. That's where the lower order revival kicked in and the Tigers went from 8-138 to a competitive 211.
Teenage spinner Ashton Agar collected 3-47 for WA with Duffield taking 3-61, Burt Cockley 2-47 and Michael Hogan 2-54.