Phil Taylor and Martin Adams both came from behind to win their second round matches at the Darts World Seniors Championship.
Taylor, the 16-time world champion, was making his first appearance in more than five years as he walked on at the Cirus Tavern in Purfleet.
He made a sloppy start, though, falling one set down to Peter Manley.
Taylor was able to turn it around to win 3-1, but an average of just 81.29 is unlikely to fill him with confidence ahead of a quarter-final against Kevin Painter.
Painter himself was in dominant mood, storming into the last eight by thrashing Wayne Warren 3-0 and without dropping a single leg.
The quarter-final clash with Taylor will be a repeat of the 2004 World Championship final, with The Power won 7-6.
Meanwhile, Martin 'Wolfie' Adams absolutely rolled back the years to provide some serious quality finishing in his match-up with Richie Howson.
Howson looked like he was going to pull off another shock in the tournament when he went 2-1 up, but he wasn't banking on Wolfie howling into life.
In the subsequent seven legs, Adams produced checkouts of 136, 150, 157, and 153 to get himself out of trouble.
Robert Thornton completed the evening session by beating Trina Gulliver 3-0.