Launceston Tornadoes flipped the numbers on the stats sheet upside down at the other end of the state on Saturday night in a spirited victory over Hobart Huskies.
The maiden 104-95 win of the NBL1 season comes after luckless losses on home court in the first two rounds.
Coach Derrick Washington reserved special praise for a side that stuck together.
"It was great to get the first W of the year down at Hobart against our rival team - it was a total team effort," he said.
"I told the ladies our goal is effort and togetherness, which they showed that tonight."
Everything the Tornadoes failed to better the Southern Sabres and the Nunawading Spectres at Elphin Sports Centre, they did on the road at Kingborough Stadium.
Last week alone in a two-point defeat, no Launceston player could get near picking up a key double-double.
But Sarah O'Neill nailed 23 points and 10 rebounds, while 19 points and 11 rebounds from Stella Beck and 19 points and 10 rebounds from new captain Stephanie Gardner entirely changed the complexion of the night.
The bench's scoring depth was also stronger than the two home openers.
Guards Cassie Jordan and Brooke Brown shot eight points each to outscore the Huskies 19-6 off the bench.
The home side crucially turned the ball over 14 times and Launceston capitalised with 21 points off the errors.
The shorter roster had out-rebounded the Huskies 54-43 in a starting five that featured ex-Tornadoes Tayla Roberts and Ellie Collins.
The pair combined for 45 points, but failed to overcome a 60-49 half-time deficit.
"My ladies are just starting to work out what my vision is," Washington said.
"So I was really proud of them and they were proud of themselves after the first two games could've gone either way.
"That just comes as learning of each other as players."
He was not surprised by the turnaround against the previously 2-0 Huskies.
Only two of the squad in the derby had teamed for the Torns prior to this season.
"These girls have never played together," the coach said.
"We had a preseason before but Steph Gardner came in during the season, Stella Beck a week before the game.
"We just need time for players to know each other."