Antrim’s Mark Allen saw off Michael Holt to progress to the fourth round of the UK Championship on Tuesday.
Allen was forced to the wire before edging past Holt on a deciding frame.
The 12th seed from Northern Ireland led 3-0 and 5-3 but was pegged back on each occasion, Holt making a 103 to set up a decider.
But Allen, who had earlier fired a 113 break, made 56 to get over the line.
“It was a good match without being a classic for scoring,” Allen said.
“It was tense. That was good because it got the adrenaline pumping, which hasn’t been there the first couple of rounds.”