Featherstone Rovers staged on course for a top-two finish in the Kingstone Press Championship by completing a league double over Whitehaven in Sunday’s game at the Recreation Ground.
Andy Hay’s men continued their return to form with a 35-24 win but it was no means plain sailing.
After building a 16-4 first-half lead they trailed 22-16 at half-time before taking charge again in the second period.
It kept Featherstone two points clear of third-placed Halifax who won at Swinton and four clear of Doncaster who lost at Keighley.
Rovers remain 10 points adrift of leaders Leigh who trounced Rochdale 72-22.
Featherstone’s try scorers were Will Sharp, Ian Hardman, Andy Bostock, Greg Worthington, Jason Crookes and Gareth Moore who also kicked five goals for a personal tally of 14 points.
New signing Jamie Rooney chipped in with a drop goal after making his second Featherstone debut as a substitute.