Josh Reynolds has returned to haunt Canterbury with the Wests Tigers grinding out a 14-10 NRL win at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
Reynolds provided spark when he came on in the second half as the Tigers, who had lost four of their previous five games, remained in the top eight heading into the State of Origin period.
After the Bulldogs led 10-4 at halftime, Reynolds showed his intent with one of his first touches when he took a quick tap and David Nofoaluma scored in the right corner soon after.
And when Chris Lawrence beat Moses Mbye to a Tui Lolohea grubber, the Tigers had the lead for the first time and never surrendered it.
Kieran Foran's performance will only intensify questions about his fitness after he ran just once for one metre after struggling through the warm-up with a reported back injury.
With the Tigers in front by four with just seven minutes to go Foran came up with a forward pass with the Bulldogs on the attack.
Canterbury prop Aaron Woods, playing against his former club for the first time, was booed when he took his first carry but ended the game with 101 metres and 22 tackles.
Tigers No.6 Benji Marshall, playing against his younger brother Jeremy Marshall-King for the first time, was also superb.
The Bulldogs drew first blood when they ran it on the last and Brett Morris went over in the left-hand corner.
The home side struck back when Marshall lofted a cut-out pass across two teammates to find an unmarked Corey Thompson.
Two Mbye penalty goals gave the Bulldogs a 10-4 lead at the break, however the Tigers had all the momentum in the second 40 minutes.
Amid speculation Mbye is set to sign a three-year deal to join the Tigers, the fullback had a flat performance which was representative of his side.