Another game, another longstanding streak broken and another step forward.
There was plenty to celebrate at the Gabba as St Kilda recorded its third win on-the-trot with a comprehensive 53-point triumph over Sydney in the fifth Pride Game.
Brett Ratten's men rode home strong with a six-goal flurry to bring up the ton and confirm the 15.11 (101) to 6.12 (48) result, but not before being tested by a pressing Swans outfit in the third term.
The earnest victory not only moves the red, white and black into the top-four once again, but snaps a 10-game winning drought against the Swans and signals three consecutive wins for the first time since 2017.
Three-goal bags from exciting talents Nicholas Hind and Max King steered the Saints to its highest score for the year, while an industrious 23-disposal, two-goal performance from Jade Gresham got the motor running early for the Queensland-based Saints.
Leaders Luke Parker (27 disposals) and Jake Lloyd (25 disposals, nine intercepts) battled hard for the Bloods in their respective domains, but weren't able to overcome the Saints' slick movement on the counter-attack.
The exciting brand of footy from the past fortnight was again on show against Sydney, with fast movement, high-end, unrelenting pressure and potency on the turnover punctuating the emphatic performance.
Former Swan Zak Jones (21 disposals, six clearances, one goal) and Jack Steele (24 disposals, eight inside-50s) were incredibly consistent throughout the evening and both capitalised off the joint efforts of Paddy Ryder (19 hit-outs) and Rowan Marshall (14 disposals, 17 hit-outs), while Ben Paton played another unsung role on Coleman leader Tom Papley.
After slotting the first goal for the visitors, Papley was largely unsighted as the 25-game defender put on the clamps to add the hot-topic Swan to his list of scalps for Season 2020.
Jarryn Geary returned to the forward line to run alongside Lloyd and cap his evening off with a goal, while Dougal Howard was again incredibly consistent manning the key post down back.
The Saints forward line fired with six multiple goalkickers, while Tom McCartin's three goals saw him headline the Swans' scoresheet.
St Kilda's blistering start came courtesy of Gresham, who found himself in a paddock of space off the back of the Saints' precise set-up in the stoppages.
Both sides were fierce spring-boarding out of their defensive ends in the opening term, but often found themselves too quick for their own good after blazing into attack with nobody home to reward their end-to-end efforts.
Hunter Clark, however, had all the time in the world with a classy long-range major on his opposite foot to extend the home side's early authority.
Hunter Clark on his opposite foot ?? pic.twitter.com/kWKgmtHtum— St Kilda FC (@stkildafc) August 1, 2020
The fine form carried into the second quarter as Gresham continued to be a thorn in the Swans' side, while Josh Battle (two goals) and Dan Butler (two) provided superb finishes to round out sleek passages of play.
An Oliver Florent buzzer-beater let steam out of St Kilda's pressure-cooker to put the margin at 22 points, before they in turn put the heat on the Saints in the third term.
While the Saints fired up in the third term after Jones kicked a goal against his old side, the collective rush of blood to the head gave the Swans the chance to keep themselves in the hunt.
Sydney subsequently upped the ante to register double the Saints’ number of inside-50s (15-7) for the quarter as their forward press swung the momentum heavily in their favour.
The one-way traffic was only diverted with a timely Hind major in the shadows of three-quarter time, with the Clunes recruit's conversion seeing Sydney only slice its half-time deficit by two points.
From there, it was all celebrations for the red, white and black.
Hind's spark saw him add another goal for a career-best tally, King added to the party with two majors, while Battle had an opportunity to level with the pair late in the game and make the six-goals-to-one blitz one better.
St Kilda will return to prime-time footy on Thursday night against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium, while Sydney will also come off a five-day break to face Collingwood in a twilight fixture at the Gabba.
ST KILDA 3.3 7.4 9.6 15.11 (101)
SYDNEY 2.1 3.6 5.10 6.12 (48)
St Kilda: Hind 3, King 3, Gresham 2, Butler 2, Battle 2, Geary, Clark, Jones
Sydney: McCartin 3, Papley, Florent, Sinclair
St Kilda: Gresham, Hind, Jones, Steele, Paton, Ryder, King, Savage
Sydney: Parker, Lloyd, Rowbottom, McCartin, Taylor, Aliir
St Kilda: Ross (calf) replaced in the selected side by Savage