GREATER Western Sydney has crushed Melbourne by 64 points to celebrate its first win at the MCG, but it may have come at a major cost with Jonathon Patton suffering a potentially serious knee injury.
Patton injured his right knee in the first quarter of Sunday's clash and was sent for scans during the game.
GWS co-captains Callan Ward (calf) and Phil Davis (concussion) also played no part in the second half of the visitors' plucky 15.8 (98) to 3.16 (34) triumph.
But Patton's setback was the most alarming for Giants coach Leon Cameron.
The 21-year-old, who will reportedly be the target of a big-money offer from the Western Bulldogs, has a history of knee problems.
Patton, who attracted comparisons to Jonathan Brown in his junior career, had surgery on his left knee in Sweden to treat patella tendinopathy after being taken with pick No.1 in the 2011 draft.
The shortened pre-season limited Patton to seven games in the Giants' maiden campaign.
The following year he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during round three and missed the rest of the season.
The Giants snapped a six-game losing streak with their win over the Demons, the expansion club almost certainly ensuring they'll avoid a third consecutive wooden spoon.
St Kilda remains in the box seat to finish last, but on current form the Demons deserve to.
Rhys Palmer kicked four goals for GWS, while on-ballers Devon Smith (30 disposals, two goals), Toby Greene (29 disposals), Dylan Shiel (25 disposals, one goal) and Adam Treloar (26 disposals) were all influential.
In addition to Palmer, Will Hoskin-Elliott (three goals) always looked threatening in GWS's forward line.
Jack Grimes, returning from a hamstring injury, was substituted off and iced his leg.
Fellow co-captain Nathan Jones (30 disposals) led the Demons in one of their darkest hours, as has been the case far too often in recent years.
The home side failed to kick a goal in the second or third quarter, prompting one fed-up fan among the sparse crowd of 17,218 to audibly ask at the final break: "What do you stand for, Melbourne?"
It is a question coach Paul Roos will struggle with as he picks up the pieces following the side's poorest performance under the man who helped end the Sydney Swans' 72-year premiership drought.
GWS had more run and will to win in the second half.
They had one fit man on the bench, while Josh Hunt, Jeremy Cameron, Lachie Whitfield, Tim Mohr, Stephen Coniglio and Tom Scully were among the injured players left in Sydney.
DEMONS' LOWEST SCORES UNDER PAUL ROOS
4.10 (34) v Fremantle in round 16, 63-point loss
3.16 (34) v GWS in round 21, 64-point loss
4.6 (30) v West Coast in round 2, 93-point loss
3.10 (28) v Collingwood in round 12, 33-point loss
Shane Mumford leaves Lynden Dunn in despair after another goal against Melbourne. Picture: AFL Media
MELBOURNE 2.4 2.9 2.11 3.16 (34)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 2.1 6.4 10.7 15.8 (98)
Melbourne: Kent, Watts, Garland,
Greater Western Sydney: Palmer 4, Hoskin-Elliott 3, Smith 2, Kelly 2, Boyd, Mumford, Shiel, Treloar
Melbourne: Kent, N.Jones, Tyson, Michie
Greater Western Sydney: Mumford, Palmer, Hoskin-Elliott, Smith, Shiel, Greene, Kelly, Tomlinson
Melbourne: Grimes (hamstring)
Greater Western Sydney: Davis (concussion), Patton (knee), Ward (calf)
Melbourne: Aidan Riley replaced Jack Grimes in the third quarter
Greater Western Sydney: James Stewart replaced Phil Davis in the second quarter
Umpires: Craig Fleer, Simon Meredith, Stuart Wenn
Official crowd: 17,218 at the MCG