HORSHAM has rebounded from back-to-back losses, fighting off Minyip-Murtoa by seven points and reclaiming top spot on the ladder.
Little separated the sides all day in difficult conditions, with the Demons prevailing 11.9 (75) to 9.14 (68) at Horsham City Oval.
Demons coach Jordyn Burke said it was an important win.
"In the scheme of the year and where we're at after back-to-back losses, it meant a lot," he said.
"It was tight and it could have gone either way. It was very evenly poised and a little bit sloppy at times, but I thought it was indicative of the way the game was played it was high intensity and both teams were hard at it."
The Demons had three less scoring shots than their opponent, however Burke said late goals to Ryan O'Connor and Baillie Batchelor against the wind proved decisive.
Burke praised the performances of Joel Geue who was named the Demons' best for the second week in a row for his work on a half-back flank and fellow coach and midfielder Brad Hartigan.
Burke, O'Connor and Alex Thomson both kicked two goals, while Sean
Christopher successfully returned from injury.
The result was the Burras' fourth loss by two kicks or less this season.
It leaves them in fifth place one game ahead of sixth-placed Dimboola with a must-win game against Ararat on Saturday.
Minyip-Murtoa coach Scott Arnold said it was a game his side could have won.
"There was nothing in it we had our chances," he said.
"We started really well and probably missed some shots at goal that came back to bite us.
"Horsham got momentum back in the second quarter and then it see-sawed."
Arnold said full-back James Burke and ruckman Kieran Delahunty were his side's better performers.
Burras midfielder Declan Foott also impressed in his first game this season, however they lost forward Blake Grant to a shoulder injury before quarter-time.
Kirsten Hunter and Brayden Ison kicked two goals each for the visitors.