Warrington Wolves' hopes of securing the League Leaders' Shield were put on hold as Wigan Warriors left in late to secure a 35-28 Super League win.
Twelve-man Wigan Warriors produced a sensational comeback to beat Warrington Wolves 35-28 on Friday and ensure the race for the League Leaders' Shield in Super League will go down to the final week of the Super 8s.
Tony Smith's Wolves looked set to comfortably secure top spot with a week to spare when they opened up a 14-point lead and then saw Warriors prop Ben Flower receive a red card for catching Declan Patton with an elbow to the head.
However, Warrington dramatically gave up the initiative in the final 20 minutes and therefore remain just one point ahead of Hull FC, who they visit next week.
Wigan's own hopes of securing a top-two finish and home semi-final are very much alive, this stunning victory putting them level on points with Hull, albeit with a vastly inferior points difference.
The Wolves made a shaky start and were six points down - courtesy of a Lewis Tierney try and a Matty Smith penalty - before they had put together a meaningful attack.
Yet although Smith soon added another two-pointer, the Wolves turned the tide, Matty Russell crossing before the King brothers, Toby and George, set up respective tries for Kurt Gidley and Chris Hill despite Wigan having a numerical advantage with Stefan Ratchford in the sin bin.
Warriors full-back Sam Tomkins squirmed over from the last play prior to the interval, but the hosts were in command when tries from Joe Westerman and Ben Currie - who suffered a knee injury in the act of scoring - were followed by Flower's dismissal.
However, Wigan produced a remarkable comeback, Josh Charnley scoring twice in quick succession before Tierney was awarded a second try by the television match official - amid uncertainty over whether the winger had been in touch.
That levelled the scores and Wigan did not stop there, Smith adding a drop goal before Anthony Gelling's intercept score put the icing on the cake for the Cherry and Whites.