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THE Frankston Dolphins have scored their best win in years, beating Port Melbourne by six points in a Sunday stunner at Frankston Park.

It took a combination of grit, brilliance and fight.

The Dolphins rejoiced as one when the siren sounded to give them a 14.14 (98) to 12.20 (92) win after a see-sawing battle.

Port Melbourne kicked the first three goals of the game to open up a 20-point lead at quarter-time.

A furious Frankston coach Simon Goosey marched to his side's quarter time huddle and roared, "work", at his players, believing they had loafed early.

They responded in stunning fashion, kicking 10 of the next 11 goals to open up a 41-point lead early in the third term.

Shane Hockey was instrumental in the middle, along with Leigh Kitchin, while forwards Sam Lloyd and Ziggie Alwan conjured some magic to spark the side.

But just as Frankston fans were starting to feel comfortable, Port Melbourne rallied.

A nerve-racking last quarter followed.

The Borough were 31 points behind at three quarter time but their coach Gary Ayres told his players to believe and wondered if the Dolphins knew how to win.

Port's Julian Rowe kicked the opening goal of the last term, but Frankston co-captain Luke Potts responded with his third goal in what appeared to be a sealer. But Port kept coming.

Josh Muling kicked another to cut the margin to 23 points with 20 minutes left. And then Dean Galea drilled two goals in as many minutes as Frankston's lead was trimmed to eight points.

Port had its chances in the dying moments, but a desperate Frankston held firm; Michael Lourey taking a crucial mark in defence.

It was only the sixth win in Goosey's four-season tenure and he said it was the best.

"Yeah it was because of the quality of the opposition and the expectations on us as a group," he said.

"Look, I've been extremely proud of this group for a long time. It's had a lot of kicks in the guts. Hopefully today gives them belief. They are not going stupid after the win. Straight away it's about next week."

Frankston faces Collingwood at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Frankston 1.1 8.10 13.12 14.14 (98) d Port Melbourne 4.3 5.6 8.11 12.20 (92)