Salford Red Devils edged closer to retaining their Betfred Super League status despite having two players sent off in a hard-fought 28-16 victory over Toronto Wolfpack at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Luke Burgess and Jackson Hastings were both red-carded in the second half but Toronto had given themselves too much to do after trailing 20-0 at half-time.
Ed Chamberlain crossed in the sixth minute and despite having Lama Tasi in the sin-bin, Salford extended their lead after Robert Lui barged over. Chamberlain added a penalty before Hastings touched down in a one-sided first half.
However, Adam Sidlow and Matty Russell scored within three minutes of each other after the restart to cut the deficit to just 10 points before Andy Ackers made the most of Burgess' red card to bring the Canadian team back in the match.
But Chase Stanley was sin-binned for the visitors and Salford sealed victory through Ryan Lannon's converted try and a Chamberlain penalty before Hastings' dismissal.
Ian Watson’s side have now won four from as many matches in the Super 8s Qualifiers as they look on target to retain their top-flight place.
However, the Salford head coach is taking nothing for granted.
"I was really pleased. We knew Toronto would approach the game with physicality but I thought we dealt with that really well.
"Ten points has to be the target – history has proved that. We have to make sure we get another win."
Toronto coach Paul Rowley felt his team gave themselves too much to do after a disappointing first-half display.
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Rowley said: "Fundamentally we were poor in the first half. Salford were better in attack and defence.
"The chat at half-time was very easy and we responded really well to get us back into the game.
"We were pretty good for 30 minutes but obviously that’s not good enough against Super League opposition.
"We need to be a lot better and Salford were worthy winners.
"It was disappointing but we will dust ourselves down. At 20-0, I was quite happy it was only 20-0. I thought we’d got away with it especially after we put them under no pressure."