It was Paul Murphy who won a last gasp frame to nail 2 invaluable points and thus join their beaten opponents at the top of the leader board.
The joint leaders are on 29pts and waiting to pounce are McGuigan's C who are now only 1pt off the summit on 28pts. TJ's C are still very much in with a shout of winning the league a point further back on 27pts.
Garry Powell may look like a 1970's rock star but he had Bears dancing to his tune when he beat N.Irish U23 international Niall O'Hare. O'Hare is a super potter but Powell is cute as fox and waited to take out his finish. 1-0 Bears.
Bears had Paddy Heaney on next and he's been a bit hit and miss this season. Gavin McNally has been beatable himself but he held his nerve to draw the game level for TJ's D at 1-1.
2 very reliable players took to the stage and it was an ex-TJ's player Sean McKevitt who to the high 5's when he beat a decent Nicky Irwin for 2-1 Bears.
TJ's D star player Jason Lennon took on Bears legend Adrian 'Oz' Holman. Holman is a fine player but Lennon is on a different level at atm and he levelled the match at the halfway mark. 2-2.
The next 2 Bears players have polar opposite styles but both were able to push 2nd placed Bears to the brink of 2pts.
1st up Neil the 'Baby faced assassin' Heaney. He's been picking them off all season and when he took out Adrian Annett in a shooting spree he'd just claimed 1 of his biggest scalps of the season. Annett has been having a brilliant season but his defeat rocked TJ's D.
Seamus Keenan is a bit more measured in his approach. The experienced Bears player would snooker you behind a PVC double glazed door if he could. Matty Cartmill is another superb player from the TJ's production line but crafty Keenan kept it tight and it was 4-2 Bears.
Ralf Crummy has been steady for Bears but Davy Hanna always looked odds on to pull it back to 4-3 and now it was game on.
This final frame was the biggest frame in Division 1 so far this season. Paul Murphy might not have showed up for his individuals game but he certainly turned up on Thursday night and won possibly the most important frame of his career so far!
McGuigan's C thrashed Ballyholland 6-2 to keep them right in the hunt.
Liam Bradley, Mickey McClelland, Joe Poucher and Noel Bradley put a strong McGuigan's 4-0 up.
Davy McAvoy pulled 1 back when he beat Mathew Cregan but that just inspired McGuigan's C to push on and seal the 2pts.
Rony O'Reilly yet again came up trumps for 5-1 before Danny Cinamond tasted defeat at the hands of Ballyholland's Kevin McGovern for 5-2.
Shane McVerry completed a routine nights work by making it 6-2 final score.
The title run-in promises to be 1 of the most exciting for long many a year as 3rd placed McGuigan's C play both Bears and TJ's D in the final 2 fixtures. Buckle up for the roller coaster has only just begun!