Brisbane coach Chris Fagan saluted the performance of milestone man Lachie Neale as the Lions came from behind to beat Collingwood by seven points.
The Lions are out to win the 2022 AFL grand final and were made to work hard for the points against a Collingwood side that dug deep until the end.
Brisbane got the game off to a poor start and were trailing by 13 points at quarter time before they came roaring back after the break.
Neale, who was making his 200th AFL appearance, was the inspiration for his side throughout the night when gathering 33 disposals.
The performance was not lost on Fagan who had special praise for the former Fremantle star when he addressed the media after the game.
"He was enormous in the second quarter," Fagan told reporters. "He was the one that really got us going around clearance and around contested ball. He put the team on his shoulders and carried us I reckon, a little bit.
"It was brilliant to see. That's what players like him do, they might have a bad quarter but they find a way to get themselves back in the game. On his 200th game it was great he was able to do that.
"In terms of football, I've never seen anyone work on their game any harder than what Lachie does. He's always trying to get the best out of himself and tonight he showed the way for us."