Glen Durrant fought back from three sets and two legs down to edge out Paul Hogan 4-3 for a place in the BDO World Championship Quarter-Finals at Lakeside on Wednesday night.
The BDO number one turned the tide in a late-night thriller to keep his hopes of a maiden Lakeside title alive, surviving three match darts from the qualifier along the way.
A shell-shocked 'Duzza' looked set for a shock early exit from the BDO's show-piece event as 53-year-old Hogan raced to the opening three sets, including a spell of six legs without reply.
Hogan continued the procession with a 130 checkout on the bull to lead in set four, but only for the Middlesbrough ace to punish three missed match darts and edge a deciding leg to get off the mark.
A run of six legs from seven helped Durrant peg back to just 3-2 behind, before he secured the sixth set 3-2 to restore parity and force a grandstand finish.
The two-time World Masters Champion carved out a 2-0 lead in the decider, and though Hogan took out 83 to stay alive, Durrant made no mistake in clinching victory in the proceeding leg.
"I'm so relieved to get over the line," admitted Durrant. "It's such a weight off my shoulders.
"At three sets and two legs down I just kept thinking, has anyone come back from this before?
"After three sets I was really disappointed. I couldn't understand it, I thought I'd prepared well.
Martin Adams celebrates victory (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
"Maybe I felt the pressure, I had a lot of people who've travelled a long way but everything's gone my way tonight and maybe my name's on that trophy."
Elsewhere, Martin Adams avenged his shock defeat to Jeff Smith at Lakeside 12 months ago with a 4-1 victory to book his place in the Quarter-Finals.
Adams had gone down in straight sets to the Candian ace in last year's First Round but made no such mistake this time as he brushed aside the 2016 runner-up to remain on course for a fourth Lakeside title.
Adams, 60, laid the foundations by taking the opening set 3-1, but only for 'The Silencer' to finish 76 and wrap up the second set by the same scoreline for parity.
Wolfie, though, hit back to dominate the third set and regain the lead, before defying an 80 checkout from his opponent in the fifth to move further in front at 3-1.
Adams, who revealed last year that he had been battling prostate cancer, duly sealed the win with an impressive seven 180s to his name and admitted: "I was glad to get it done and dusted because it was getting warm on that stage.
"It wasn't a case of me trying to get revenge for last year, but Jeff beat me here 12 months ago and I didn't want to let it happen again."
Adams will now meet Jamie Hughes in the Last Eight after the number four seed safely dispatched Welshman Jim Williams 4-1 in the evening session.
Belgium's Geert de Vos won through to the Quarter-Final stage at Lakeside for the first time in six attempts after an impressive 4-2 victory over second seed Scott Mitchell.
World Trophy winner Darry Fitton delighted his loyal band of supporters in Frimley Green with a 4-1 defeat of Pip Blackwell.
BDO Lakeside Championship 2017 Men's Results
Wednesday January 11
Scott Mitchell 2-4 Geert de Vos
Martin Adams 4-1 Jeff Smith
Pip Blackwell 1-4 Darryl Fitton
Jamie Hughes 4-1 Jim Williams
Glen Durrant 4-3 Paul Hogan