Big league newcomers Riverside Olympic were given a glimpse of the future and liked what they saw.
Roos coach Alex Gaetani said he was proud of his young squad after reigning champion and benchmark team Devonport had to wait until the 88th minute to seal a 2-0 win at Windsor Park.
"That's the best team in the league by a big distance - they have so much experience and quality," he said.
"That's who we aspire to be, and we'll get there."
For the second time in a fortnight, Strikers visited Launceston, opened their account on the quarter-hour through Max Fitzgerald, had a penalty saved then returned back up the Bass Highway with all three points and their 100 per cent record intact.
"They deserved to win but we put ourselves in a position where it could go either way," Gaetani added.
"Anything could have happened at the end there. We had pushed players forward and they hit the space in behind us but I'd prefer to lose 2-0 trying to score than just hold onto a 1-0."
Having conceded six in a pre-season friendly to Strikers, Olympic showed a marked improvement.
Despite frequently having to rely on some heroic blocks from captain Ethan Olner - the Shane Duffy of the West Tamar - the Roos did a commendable job against the champions' slick passing, delightful touch and a midfield engine well oiled by former Northern Rangers and Launceston City pair Todd Hingston and Daniel Syson.
Fitzgerald scored their opener, almost exactly 10 days after doing the same at City, moments after Olner had blocked Edward Bidwell's shot on the line.
Olympic were fortunate not to concede a penalty when Jarrod Hill's heavy touch let in Joel Stone, but the young keeper made amends soon afterwards by diverting Bidwell's shot onto the bar.
Hill again denied Fitzgerald on the hour and Ignacio Giampaoli headed wastefully wide before the Strikers were awarded a fortuitous spot kick when Mitchell Roberts' tackle was deemed to be a foul.
However, after Syson had been denied by City's Lachlan Clark at Prospect, Joel Stone assumed responsibility only to witness the same result as Hill saved low to his left.
That's who we aspire to be, and we'll get thereRiverside coach Alex Gaetani
Although the hosts weren't exactly peppering Nathan Pickford's goal, they were staying in the contest and with two minutes remaining the club's gleaming new scoreboard still read Olympic 0, Visitors 1.
However, Rick Coghlan's men had the final say and appropriately it came via the exquisite touch of Fitzgerald whose control at full pace and inviting cross was smashed in by Brody Denehey.
Olympic's next fixture is away at Olympia next Saturday.
No Lingering doubts
Two goals in three minutes from Jarrod Linger was enough to secure a first point of the season for Launceston City.
Only a stunning save by Glenorchy keeper Lachlan Hart three minutes from time denied the skilful dribbler a match-winning hat-trick but, having trailed at half-time, City coach Lino Sciulli was happy to take a 2-2 draw.
"I'm happy with a point because it's crucial to get past these opening four games with something," he said.
"We were hoping that would be on Wednesday night (against Riverside) but it wasn't to be so now we're just happy to get past this doom and gloom fortnight and start looking ahead."
Some tidy footwork from Nick Naden put the NPL newcomers into a 31st-minute lead and after Greg Roller and Noah Mies had threatened Linger single-handedly turned the game on its head.
On the hour he latched onto a loose ball to dink in the equaliser and a couple of minutes later fired home a low cross.
Declan Brown rescued a point for the Knights with a drawn out penalty 17 minutes from time.
Having taken several minutes to get the ball to rest on the spot, Brown's kick was touched onto the bar by Lachlan Clark only to fall invitingly for the penalty-taker to calmly tap in the rebound.
Hart's late save was arguably the best moment of the match as Linger attempted to draw level on Mies' three-goal haul for the season.
Asked about Linger's importance to his side, Sciulli said: "Everyone is pivotal because our depth is not there yet. Jarrod is an excellent player, he's an Australian futsal player ... if I can get that out of him and playing more like he did today it would be good.
"I think we had our chances to get all the points and did enough but they had chances too so it was a pretty even game."
After four games in two weeks, Sciulli said he was grateful to be able to give his players a break ahead of next Saturday's trip to Zebras.
South Hobart showed no mercy against whipping boys Clarence, racking up a 13-0 scoreline while two goals from Mathew Pace and one from Mathew Sanders gave Hobart Zebras a 3-0 win at Kingborough.