Jake Clifford nailed a dramatic goal in the 79th minute to fire North Queensland for a rollover of Sydney's Ralli to Gosford at 15-12 NRL.
Clifford had missed two attempts Sunday afternoon before converting his third chance to make sure Gavin Cooper celebrates his 300th game in style.
In a tense six-minute final, the two Roosters Cooper Cronk and Luke Keary riders had three combined looks, but one was loaded and the other two turned off.
Playing without captain Michael Morgan due to a concussion, Clifford signed the victory with a penalty after the siren to help snap a series of three-game defeats.
The twenty-one has also published his first career attempt in a revolutionary performance.
The defending premier, without the rested star pair James Tedesco and Boyd Cordner, fall to third place, with eight points ahead of Melbourne.
The Gauls had apparently passed a slow start when they backed out after being without nets for the first 52 minutes.
To make matters worse for coach Trent Robinson, director Jared Waerea-Hargreaves may be waiting again for a suspension after being sued for driving with his head.
And co-captain Jake Friend was returning, playing his first game since breaking his bicep in round seven, which had them grafted.
The veteran striker first made a 40-20 kick to turn the defense into attack, and followed it by stepping over closely to level the scores.
The test at Brett Morris gave them the lead.
However, the 5 th of the Cowboys, John Asiata, finished his race in the stands when, in the 70th minute, he made his way to the opponent's goal.
The "home" crowd of 14,668 spectators at the Central Coast Stadium had little to tell in a first semester, in which it was contested, which gave the only result to Clifford.
Waerea-Hargreaves and Josh McGuire offered some early fireworks with a frantic individual struggle, including an incident that caused the Gauls to rally.
Waerea-Hargreaves had packed McGuire onto his backside before appearing to charge his head to the ground.
It was not connected until a few minutes after the bunker's advice.
Clifford was also sued for stumbling in the first half, while team-mate Jordan Kahu failed to finish the game due to a concussion.