A hat-trick of unanswered points in as many minutes at the death ensured Louth retained their Division Three status after an exciting battle with Cavan.
With the sides level on nine occasions, stalemate looked likely in what was a topsy-turvey encounter only for Darren Clarke (free) and David Reid (two) to come up with the goods.
The first-half proved to be a real comedy of errors with the teams sharing four goals after some dreadfully sloppy defensive work.
Padraig Reilly and Micheal Lyng netted for the visitors only for their strikes to be cancelled out by similar efforts from Ronan Carroll and Clarke.
Clarke's major helped propel the Wee County into a 2-5 to 2-3 interval lead, but when Eddie O'Reilly fired over a gem of a point in the 50th minute, Cavan were back in front, 2-8 to 2-7.
Another point from O'Reilly hoisted the Cavan into a two point lead, but that was as good as it got for the visitors. Louth equalised through Clarke and then fired home a string of late points.