WARRACK Eagles coach Tim Inkster considers his side 'lucky' after a five-point comeback win over Ararat at Alexandra Oval.
Inkster's men looked down and out at three-quarter time, staring down the barrel of a 14-point deficit.
But the undermanned Rats ran out of steam in the final term.
"They had a few blokes puffing and we had the wind that was enough," Inkster said.
"We're happy to take the win, that's about it."
Warrack moved to third position and a win against Stawell on Saturday will secure a double chance.
Ararat co-coach David Hosking said it was gutting to let another close encounter slip.
"That's three games we've lost by less than a goal," he said.
"We've got four wins and we could've easily had seven ."
Hosking said there was not a mental barrier, with his side down to one player on the bench by quarter-time.
"In fairness to the guys, we have players who were completely spent," he said.
Nick Brain and Jack Ganley both suffered hamstring injuries, Corey Billett hurt his ankle and Brayden Ferguson had severe cramps.
Eagles' key forward Peter Weir was a good four-quarter contributor, booting five majors and presenting well.
Skipper Ben Spicer was also impressive, as was Jake Cheney.
Jake Williamson was once again one of Ararat's best, while Liam Cavanagh and Aaron Searle were also solid performers.