The Melbourne Vixens remain undefeated after two rounds of Super Netball, claiming a tough 63-61 win over the NSW Swifts on Sunday.
The Vixens looked in control after opening a six-goal lead in the second quarter at Hisense Arena but the Swifts stormed back to hit the front at halftime and lead by three early in the final quarter.
But the Vixens held their nerve in the closing stages to close out the win and join West Coast Fever and the Giants as the only unbeaten teams in the competition.
An ankle injury forced Vixens goal defence Jo Weston from the court in the first quarter but the Australian defender returned late in the third to help inspire a final-term turnaround.
Vixens shooter Mwai Kumwenda made all 34 of her goal attempts with Tegan Philip hitting 29 of 32.
While pleased with the win and claiming three bonus points, Vixens coach Simone McKinnis was critical of her team's second-quarter performance.
"When Jo went off the court, I don't think we adapted to the changes so that's something we have got to address," McKinnis said.
"Anything can happen at any time and you've got to be able to swing those changes and just get on with it without skipping a beat."
Swifts coach Briony Akle was full of positives despite her side narrowly missing out on causing the upset.
"I've got full respect for the Vixens and I actually put them as one of the benchmarks in the competition," Akle said.
"It was disappointing not to win but I loved the contest and so did the girls - I think it just sets us up moving forward for next week and beyond that."
Sam Wallace finished with 37 of 38 shooting for the Swifts while England international Helen Housby missed just one of her 25 attempts.
Melbourne had a 17-12 advantage at quarter time but the two teams went goal for goal through the second quarter.
When the Vixens reshuffled their line-up to cover the Weston injury, the Swifts outscored them 9-4 in the final five minutes to take a 32-31 lead into halftime.
The Swifts extended the lead to three after the break but with Weston returning to the action, the Vixens forced a pair of turnovers to regain momentum and close the third quarter ahead 48-47.
The visitors struck back with the opening four goals of the final quarter but the Vixens edged ahead for good with four minutes to play.