Gosport & Fareham were forced to dig deep before maintaining their unbeaten record in London two south west with a 29-21 win at Old Reigatians.
The visitors found themselves 15-0 down in as many minutes before producing a powerful response to win the game.
Wes Dugan grabbed a brace of tries with Loz Wadham and Tim Snowden claiming the other touchdowns.
Wadham also added three conversions and a penalty.
‘We had three or four key players missing and after a quarter of an hour I thought we were in trouble,’ said director of rugby Mark Wells.
‘The players said they never felt they were going to lose but it didn’t feel like that where I was.
‘All credit to the players who came in, though, because they knuckled down to it and got back into the game.
‘Our front row of Snowden, Daniel O’Donoghue and Matt Flower, along with Dan Gamblin when he went on, took them apart up front.
‘That helped give us the platform and pattern to launch a fightback.
‘We had to dig deep but that is a quality this squad of players have.’
The visitors paid for their subdued start as the fourth-placed hosts raced away from the start.
Gosport were made to pay for a couple of mistakes conceding two early tries before Dugan went over from a close-range penalty following a scrum offence.
Wadham converted and soon afterwards the fly-half sold the home defence two dummies before going over for a try of his own.
His conversion meant Gosport went in trailing 18-14 at the break with the elements behind them in the second half.
The visitors took charge in the second period with another Dugan try and a final effort from Snowden, who piled over from the base of the scrum.
‘This win shows the value of the excellent work being done in our second team, which gives us fantastic depth in our squad,’ said Wells.
‘We had players missing but still came away with a win.
‘The players showed they can man up when things are going against them.’