Melbourne win by 10 points
3 - Andrew Obst
2 - Todd Viney
After two thumping losses the Demons went in at long odds in without their injured captain in the first clash ever between the two sides at Princes Park but pulled off a stirring victory.
St Kilda hadn't won a game for the season either, but they were favoured simply because they hadn't lost by an average of over 20 goals two weeks in a row.
There was some suggestion that the match would have to be moved to Waverley as construction work was continuing at Optus Oval, but Melbourne made it clear that they preferred to stay at Princes Park no matter what and they were rewarded with victory.
After a week of criticism that they were too slow the Demons responded by playing hard at the ball football which helped them unsettle the Saints. Shaun Smith was looking dangerous at full forward, with four shots on goal in the first quarter, before he was stretchered off midway through the second term after suffering a bump.
The Saints almost snatched victory in the last quarter despite losing three players to injury, including Nicky Winmar who hurt his knee.
As well as Smith Matthew Febey also suffered a concussion, while David Neitz had an eye injury and Glenn Lovett broke his hand. Paul Prymke had already been replaced in the selected side by Andrew Lamprill due to a back injury.
St Kilda 9.9.63 d. Melbourne 7.8.50
Goals - D.Yze 2, Polley 1, Gehling 1, Gaspar 1, Farmer 1, Bradly 1
Best - Irving, Cockatoo-Collins, Davidson
Newspaper lists the attendance as 11,878