Fremantle has come from behind for a badly needed 10-point win over Gold Coast at Norwood Oval on Saturday.
The Dockers trailed by 23 points in the third term, but kicked seven of the last nine goals to win 15.10 (100) to 13.12 (90) on Friday night in Gather Round.
The inner-Adelaide suburban ground was a success, with nearly 10,000 packing the venue.
The ground's "skinny" dimensions meant plenty of tight, contested play and it was a see-sawing contest.
Fremantle and Gold Coast were on 1-3 records before this match and there had been plenty of heat on the Dockers after last year's finals appearance.
Matthew Johnson put Freo back in front with his goal 17 minutes into the last term and Jye Amiss took a great mark and goaled from an acute angle two minutes later.
Noah Anderson kicked his second goal of the term to bring the SUNS within a kick, before Bailey Banfield's goal sealed it for Fremantle.
Dockers midfielder Caleb Serong was best afield with 37 disposals, while Michael Walters kicked four goals.
Gold Coast's Jack Lukosius looked best on ground for the first three quarters but the SUNS were left to rue inaccurate goalkicking when they could have killed off the match.
Lukosius was in the game immediately, kicking the first goal with a booming shot from outside 50m at the Roger Woodcock end.
Walters kicked two goals early, but Darcy Macpherson then stifled him while racking up possessions in defence.
The SUNS kicked the last three goals of the term to lead by 10 points at quarter-time and as Lukosius continued to dominate, they built that to a 23-point lead at the main break.
Luke Jackson's superb goal from an acute angle and Michael Walters' third brought Fremantle to within 10 points early in the second half.
Gold Coast stretched the margin back out to 23 points, but Fremantle kicked the last three goals of the term to trail by only six points at the last change.
The SUNS were left lamenting a set shot late in the third term from Lukosius from in front that went wide.
Suns’ superboot goes boom, again
Jack Lukosius has become a forward weapon to be reckoned with and franked the fact with another long bomb to open Friday’s match. The 2018 No.2 draft selection marked just outside 50 early in the first quarter and knew he had the distance, but just to be a little more comfortable he launched the ball from inside the centre square - his 'happy place'. Sure enough, it sailed over everyone between the man on the mark and the goal umpire, enhancing Lukosius’ reputation as the league’s new 'Superboot'.
FREMANTLE 3.0 6.2 11.5 15.10 (100)
GOLD COAST 4.4 9.7 11.11 13.12 (90)
Fremantle: Walters 4, Schultz 3, Amiss 3, Jackson 2, Brayshaw, Johnson, Banfield
Gold Coast: Swallow 3, King 2, Anderson 2, Rosas, Lukosius, Humphrey, Holman, Fiorini, Chol
Fremantle: Serong, Darcy, Walters, Young, Schultz, Jackson
Gold Coast: Lukosius, Miller, Anderson, Rowell, Swallow, Macpherson
Fremantle: Switkowski (calf)
Gold Coast: TBC
Fremantle: Will Brodie (replaced Sam Switkowski in the second quarter)
Gold Coast: Alex Sexton (replaced Bailey Humphrey in the fourth quarter)
Crowd: TBC at Norwood Oval