It was a decisive field goal from captain Israel Eliab - his second of the season, with just under 2 minutes left on the game clock to break the deadlock and the hearts of the Falcons in their Round 20 clash.
The Hunters put a 18-6 lead on the Falcons in the first half which was reduced to 18-12 at half-time.
Captain Eliab who took over the kicking duties slotted all four goals and played an important role in the Adex Wera try by throwing the last pass when he turned the ball inside to send his winger racing away for a 40-metre try.
Then he broke the stalemate with his field goal following an earlier unsuccessful attempt by five-eighth Dion Aiye to put the smiles back on the face of their many passionate fans.
Aiye scored one of the four Hunters tries while centre Jason Tali, recently drafted into the squad proved he is cut out for this level of Australia’s second-tier competition with a double.
The victory put the Hunters back to the winners’ circle after dropping their last four games.
The win keeps the Hunters in touch for a top five spot as they move to 23 points on the Intrust Super Cup points table.
The Falcons also scored four tries following on from last week’s 26-24 upset win over the Redcliffe Dolphins.
Tries to fullback Sam Wright, winger Paul McKewin, second rower Ruben Baillie and interchange player Jay Lobwein, and three goals from captain Ryan Hansen and another two points from five-eighth Brett Doherty almost gave the Falcons a drawn match.
The Hunters have 3 matches in a row at Kalabond Stadium and are certain to gain much needed confidence from the win as they head into next Saturdays important match against the Burleigh Bears.