By the skin of their teeth, but the Lions are back in Super Rugby. But how cruel, how very, very cruel for the Southern Kings.
Not given a chance, the men from the Eastern Cape produced an inspired performance here last night, silencing the 50000-odd fans after staging a stunning fightback late in the game and ultimately winning the contest.
But it was not enough for the Kings to stay in Super Rugby after the Lions picked up the bonus points they needed to pip the Kings.
After their 26-19 win in Port Elizabeth in the first leg of the play-offs, the teams ended the ties level on five log points, with the Lions winning through by two points, the difference last night being five.
It was edge of the seat stuff throughout, with the overwhelming feeling among the Lions and their fans being that of relief, while the Kings will