Dave Chisnall twice came from behind to reach round two of the BetVictor World Matchplay on Sunday night.
The Morecambe ace’s 10-8 win over Paul Nicholson was his first victory at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens in his third appearance at the event.
Nicholson led 3-1 early on before Chisnall took three of the next four to level, before taking out 121 in a three-leg burst as he moved 7-5 up.
Former Players Championship Finals winner Nicholson then took three legs of his own to lead 8-7, but the game had another twist as Chisnall landed the bull to level, double nine to move 9-8 and double eight to seal a narrow victory.
Chisnall, who averaged 89.95 and hit two 180s, said: “Paul didn’t play his best game and I wasn’t at my best, and it was a game where I had to scrap.
“When I was 4-1 down I thought it was going to be like previous years here, but I dug in, pulled it out of the bag and I’m glad to get the victory.
“Now that I’ve won here, when I come back on Wednesday I hope I’ll be a bit more relaxed and able to play my best darts.”
Chisnall is next in action in Wednesday’s evening session.
It starts at 7pm and is live on Sky Sports.