The Demons had a lead of 40 points whittled away by the Gold Coast Suns in the second half of their round one NEAFL game on Saturday but still clinched a win.
Rebecca McConnell's triumph perhaps means more than most.
The Vikings looked dead and buried as they trailed 47-19 heading into the final stages of the contest.
She was one of two local products fighting for an Australian crown but the only one that prevailed.
They didn't get the win they wanted, but five Monaro Colts got a trip to New Zealand instead.