Celtic Crusaders needed three tries in the last 10 minutes to see off a plucky London Skolars side in their Northern Rail Cup clash at the Brewery Field.
The Skolars competed well and led by two points at the interval.
But Tony Duggan claimed three tries after the break as Crusaders hit back, with Jace Van Dijk and Richard Johnston completing the recovery.
Crusaders coach John Dixon said: "It was important to gain the first win of the season today."
Crusaders: Tony Duggan, Grant Epton, Rob Toshack, Anthony Blackwood, Craig Richards, Luke Young, Jace Van Dijk, Josh Cale, Neil Budworth, Jamie I?Anson, Neale Wyatt, Mark Dalle Cort, Damien Quinn.
Subs: Richard Johnston, Dean Fitzgerald, Hywel Davies, Phil Cushion.
Tries: Blackwood (4, 16), Quinn (24), Duggan (43, 52, 72), Budworth (63), Van Dijk (74), Johnston (79).
Goals: Quinn 4/9
Skolars: Pete Hodgkinson, Corey Simms, Chris Shears, Ashley Tozer, Johnny Williams, Kurt Pittman, Paul Thorman, Martin Benson, Gareth Honor, Dave Ellison, Mike Castle, Lydan Matua, Jermaine Coleman.
Subs: Frank Reid, Austen Aggrey, Alan Barker, Warren Heilig.
Tries: Tozer (21, 58, 65), Aggrey (32), Williams (40).
Goals: Thorman 4/6