It wasn’t pretty but Corby registered their first win at the ninth time of asking in Midlands Four East.
Bourne were their victims as the home side claimed a battling 10-6 victory at Northen Park thanks to two tries from Jack Chennell.
The hosts trailled 6-5 at the halfway point in an encounter that, due to the saturated conditions, was dominted by the forwards.
But Corby had the better of the second period and got their just rewards late on when Chenell crossed for the matchwinning score.
And manager Ricky Egan hopes his side can use the result as a springboard to further success.
He said: “Having played all the top teams over the last couple of months, we looked at this game as the start of our season and we responded and took the points to take us off of the bottom.
“We have a good run of games up until Christmas and hopefully come the New Year we will be sitting further up the league table.”
Ketering continued their improved form as they got the better of bottom markers Loughborough in Midlands One East.
The Blues are now sitting comfortable in mid-table following their 26-3 success at Waverley Road.
In Midlands Two East (South) Wellingborough picked up their fourth win of the season as they defeatd Northampton BBOB 15-10 at Cut Throat Lane.
In appalling conditions, tries from Andy Fordham, Steven Gall and Luke Gardiner were enough for the home side.
Stewarts & Lloyds and Rushden & Higham both continued their excellent campaigns in Midlands Three East (South) with victories over Rugby St Andrews and Deepings respectively.
S&L are second in the table, level on pojnts with leaders Stamford, following their 16-10 victory while Rushden & Higham are third, also on the same number of points as the top two, after their comfortable 40-15 success.
Elsewhere, Oundle dropped further off the Midlands Four East (South) pace as they went down 29-7 to unbeaten league leaders Brackley.