Tumut kept their finals hopes alive with a second half surge enough to get the better of Ag College on Saturday.
After taking a narrow win over Ag College when they clashed earlier this season, the Bulls trailed 29-17 at half-time.
However they only conceded one more try as they found their form.
Coach Ray Wells was thrilled with how they turned things around at Beres Ellwood Oval.
"It was definitely a game of two halves," Wells said.
"We were just too ill disciplined in the first half but after half-time we sorted it out, started playing rugby, cut down on our mistakes and were starting to put pressure on them. It led to points."
Jim Meya, Timoci Nasisalasa and Vincent Wise all scored doubles in the 41-34 win.
The seven-point victory sees the Bulls keep in contact with the top four.
With Griffith scoring a 32-21 over third-placed Albury at Murrayfield nine points separates the three teams.
The Blacks have jumped into third with the Steamers, who have a game in hand, eight points ahead of the Bulls.
The win provides some hope of a late flourish.
"It was important to get our season going again and we got the bonus point as well," Wells said.
"We're still hanging in there to get into the top four and this is just the first step."
Wells is looking to back up the performance when they host Albury in another crucial clash at Jarrah Oval on Saturday.
"It's hugely important," he said.
"I've been told they had a loss against Griffith and Griffith are a very good side and a different unit to what they were at the beginning of the season.
"It happens to be our ladies day as well."
Meanwhile Wagga City extended their unbeaten streak with their biggest score of the season.
It shaped as a mismatch at Conolly Rugby Complex with the ladder leaders taking on their winless rivals.
It was on the scoreboard with the Boiled Lollies taking a 92-5 victory.
However Wagga City coach Ben Schreiber was impressed with CSU.
"It was a tough game and they stuck it to us the entire way," Schreiber said.
"I was a credit to them for not dropping their heads and rolling over.
"They are a side with a lot of courage and a lot of heart and definitely showed it."
Schreiber and Jone Kurusiga both crossed for hat-tricks in the win while Waisale Sauvinaloto and Mitch Wakelin both scored doubles.
Their finishing proved to be a big difference as did the scrum while Schreiber thought the team's discipline was also improved.