The mood of the next two weeks for the Penrith Panthers hung in the balance as their clash with the Sea Eagles came to a close, thankfully a clutch Moylan field goal means the squad and the fans can sit back and enjoy accumulating 4 points over the bye weekend.
Coming out of a disheartening loss to the Broncos in Round 9 it all went down to the wire again in Round 10 as the Panthers trailed Manly, the team at the foot of the ladder, by 2 points late in the second half.
Without Matt Moylan, we'd be sitting back today and thinking to ourselves how we fell so low on the ladder so early in the season.
Thankfully that's not where we are, but we were close. Moylan was the saving grace for the Panthers on Monday night when he earned a penalty in front of the sticks, converted it for 2-points, and then kicked the longest field goal by a Panther since 2007 to clinch victory ..even if it took the refs an eternity to confirm it!
This course of events leaves the team in a pretty good state of mind heading into the first bye round of the season. The win over the Sea Eagles was essentially worth 4-points and could see the Panthers sit as high as 7th position at the end of Round 11, that's a fantastic outcome for a team that's struggled of late with a sickening injury toll.
Speaking of which, the bye round also gives Penrith the added bonus of an extra week of recovery and recuperation for those injured and it looks like there will be several players welcomed back for the Battle of the West.
The first third of the season is over and it's time for a reunited Penrith squad to rise to the top.
Are the Panthers the team to beat once they welcome back all their injured stars?