It wasn't pretty, but Nhill didn't mind as the Tigers dominated in the wet conditions to secure their first win of the season.
Entering the contest against Dimboola without a win since August 2018, the Tigers quickly settled into their game plan to run out 9.16 (70) to 6.11 (47) winners.
There were few chances for free-flowing football, with torrential rain dampening both side's attacks and a slew of puddles across one wing, resulting in a lop-sided affair.
Nhill coach Tim Bone said the conditions were some of the toughest he's played in.
"I haven't experienced those conditions for a long, long time. It was unbelievable actually," he said.
"That was old-fashioned football at it's most brutal you could say."
The game started at a tenacious pace, but as the heavens opened, both sides turned their focus towards securing the ball first.
"Our basic message was that we just wanted to be first to the footy and get the ball moving forward. It didn't matter how ugly it was," Bone said. "We played old-fashioned footy. It was really basic, and it worked for us in the end."
A goal on the counter-attack to Scott Hughes proved the difference in the first term, the score 14-8.
The Roos defence was strengthed by the inclusion of former AFL star and Dimboola product Brett Goodes but the backline struggled against Tiger Simon Cave.
Cave, pushed forward after sustaining an injury, kicked three goals on the day.
The first half ended in confusion as a power outage forced the teams from the field on the stroke of half-time.
"It was a bit bizarre, we were all telling the umpires that it was half-time," Bone said. "It was dark until the last couple of minutes, and we were trying to get through the team on the whiteboard. We had a couple of guys holding their mobile phones up to get a bit of light so the boys could see."
The effects of the weather showed in the third term, with the Tigers kicking 11 behinds in the quarter.
But, Nhill's work in the midfield rectified any inaccuracy as the Roos struggled to move the ball forward. Stephen Craig led the charge for the Tigers, going on to be named his side's best.
Dimboola threatened a comeback with two goals to start the final term, but the Tigers held strong to secure a drought-breaking win.
"To get a win today and in that fashion showed a lot of character," Bone said.
"It was just a massive relief, and I couldn't be happier for the boys after all their hard work and commitment. They've stuck through the tough time, and they've got a reward."
Only two goals were kicked at Coughlin Park as Minyip-Murtoa edged out the Horsham Saints.
The Saints, kept goalless for three quarters, threatened an upset with an Angus Martin goal in the final term, but the Burras held out 14-9.
The Southern Mallee Giants, meanwhile, claimed a five-point win against Stawell. Lou White was the Giants' best in the 52-47 win.
Elsewhere, three goals apiece to Ben Free and Jack Ganley propelled Ararat to a 54-point win against the Warrack Eagles.