The Dragons have found the perfect response after dropping an early try to the Cowboys, stealing back the lead with three well-worked four-pointers.
After Zac Lomax got the Dragons back in the contest when he got on to the end of a Jayden Sullivan grubber, the centre was back at it when he spectacularly tipped on a late-offload from Jack Bird to put Mikaele Ravalawa over.
It was an impressive piece of skill after Bird parted the Cowboys' defence with a slaloming run, and signalled Lomax' footy IQ to recognise the tip-on.
Minutes later, Sullivan was back at it to crash over minutes before half-time to have the Red V soaring.
"Todd Payten would be absoutley filthy," Former Sharks coach Shane Flanagan said in commentary for Fox Sports.