Geelong have moved to the top of the AFL ladder with a thrilling come-from-behind 11-point win over the Western Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium.
The Cats trailed by six goals at quarter-time after a goalless first quarter but rallied to run down the Bulldogs and claim a 10.12 (72) to 9.7 (61) victory.
Tom Hawkins, Gary Rohan and Gryan Miers kicked two goals apiece for the Cats, who moved above Port Adelaide and Brisbane on percentage although both those teams have played one less match.
Patrick Dangerfield led the possession count for the match with 32 touches and played a key role in the Cats' comeback while Mark Blicavs and Rhys Stanley dominated the hit-outs against Bulldogs ruckman Tim English.
Aaron Naughton kicked two goals for the Bulldogs, who raced to a big lead early with the first six majors of the match before the Cats' first goal in the sixth minute of the second quarter by Miers.
The mop-haired No.32 kicked a second six minutes later as the Cats began to steadily eat away at the Bulldogs' advantage.
It was the first time this year the Cats had failed to kick a major in the opening quarter of a match and just their third goalless quarter of the season.
The Cats kept coming in the third quarter, with key forward Hawkins kicking his 34th goal of the season and a late major to Mark O'Connor ensuring the margin was down to 10 points at the final turn.
Both teams went goal for goal in the final term, Geelong twice getting within three points of the Bulldogs only for Luke Beveridge's team to respond.
The Cats finally hit the front for the first time of the night with five to play when Hawkins kicked his second of the match.
Rohan's second of the final term with less than a minute to play sealed the win as the Cats made it six wins from their past seven matches.
Cats coach Chris Scott said he'd kept calm after his team's bad start, emphasising the need for his players to play to their strengths and back their style to run over the Bulldogs.
"When we play our way we're a very good time, we're also a very fit team, we've got some really hard runners, that we haven't had as much of in the past," Scott said.
"There's a pretty clear pattern that we finish games well.
"So there are a few things that gave us confidence, but the main thing was, you know, if we allow the Bulldogs to play the way they were playing we're going to get beaten soundly.
"So we needed to find a way to get it back. The way we wanted the game to be played."
The Bulldogs, whose finals' hopes remain on a knife edge, ended the match with just two players on the bench after Laitham Vandermeer and Easton Wood both suffered hamstring injuries.
Beveridge said the loss of two important players had been telling in the game's final outcome.
"It's a shame because I am extremely proud of the lads the way they fought it out, but there was a time when we were looking like we were going to hang on so it's a real shame," he said.
Geelong have a short break before they face Essendon at the Gabba on September 6, with the Bulldogs also having over a week to recover ahead of their clash with West Coast at Metricon Stadium, also on September 6.