Redan dealt Bacchus Marsh's final hopes a blow with a goal after the final siren to secure a five-point victory in the Ballarat Football League at Maddingley Park on Saturday.
And in another dramatic finish, Sebastopol put Melton in the hot seat with a one-point win at Marty Busch Reserve.
Skipper Liam Hoy was the last-kick hero for an inaccurate Redan, which finished with 7.22.
It was cruel end for Bacchus Marsh, which led for a large part of the day and with not that long to go had a nine-point break.
Sebastopol scrambled home the winning behind in a tense 34-minute last quarter to thwart a brave Melton comeback.
The Burra kicked four goals in the opening 13 minutes of the day, but could manage only another two for the match as Melton worked its way back into the game.
Shaun Campbell levelled the scores with a goal on 22 minutes in last quarter, but that was be the Bloods' last score in a desperate scramble to the line.
In the other big result of round 12, Sunbury maintained its perfect record at home by dispensing of reigning premier and top side East Point by 16 points.
Jarrah Maksymow quickly repaid the faith Sunbury had shown in him with the opening three goals for the Lions and an early lead they would hold for the duration of the match.
With Redan getting home and Sunbury beating the Roos, there are now three teams on 36 points at the helm - East Point on percentage from Darley (which had a bye) and Redan.
They are one game ahead of Sebastopol and Sunbury, which are a win ahead of Melton, which falls one spot to sixth.
Bacchus Marsh remains one win outside the top six.
In a turn around, North Ballarat City now remarkably also finds itself only four premiership points outside the top six.
North made its three wins on against Lake Wendouree at CE Brown Reserve - thumping the home side by 50 points.
Ballarat moved clear of the bottom with a 25-point win over Melton South at Melton Recreation Reserve.
It was just the Swans' second win of the season.
EAST POINT 163.53 36
DARLEY 135.09 36
REDAN 118.27 36
SEBASTOPOL 129.88 32
SUNBURY 112.86 32
MELTON 127.51 28
Bacchus Marsh 120.97 24
North Ballarat City 105.53 24
Lake Wendouree 70.16 18
Ballarat 67.92 14
Melton South 39.01 8
Redan 1.5, 2.12, 4.18, 7.22 (64)
Bacchus Marsh 2.1, 5.1, 7.4, 9.5 (59)
GOALS - Redan: Lachlan George 2, Grant Bell 2, Liam Hoy 1, Lachlan McLean 1, Alexander Harvey 1. Bacchus Marsh: Jake Owen 3, Declan Phyland 2, Kain Dickson 1, Jack Lalor 1, Aaron Willitts 1, Harrison King 1
BEST - Redan: Benjamin Smyth, Liam Hoy, Keenan Waterbury, Blake Thomson, Sam Carr, Alexander Harvey. Bacchus Marsh: Billy Griffiths, Declan Phyland, Tyson Shea, Matthew Chisari, Daniel Velden, Ryley Stuhldreier
North Ballarat City 2.5, 5.5, 11.9, 14.12 (96)
Lake Wendouree 0.0, 3.1, 4.2, 7.4 (46)
GOALS - North Ballarat City: William Young 7, Izaac Johnson 3, Adam Turley 1, Mitchell Gilbert 1, Sam Willian 1, Harry Loader 1. Lake Wendouree: Jacob Coxall 3, William Henderson 1, Sean Willmott 1, Bailey Edwards 1, Jamie Norton 1
BEST - North Ballarat City: William Young, Josh Chatfield, Cameron McCallum, Harrison Mulcahy, Simon Mc Cartin, Adam Turley. Lake Wendouree: Bailey Edwards, William Henderson, Jacob Coxall, Caleb Hepworth, Ben Taylor, Callum Harte
Ballarat 5.3, 7.6, 12.10, 15.11 (101)
Melton South 2.2, 6.6, 9.6, 11.12 (78)
GOALS - Ballarat: Andrew Hooper 6, Daniel Kennedy 3, Grant Baldwin 2, Nicholas O'Farrell 1, Lachy Dawson 1, William Liston 1, Ash Gray 1. Melton South: Paul Bower 4, Sean Humphries 2, Ryan Holzer 2, Brody Sullivan 1, William Thornton-Gielen 1, Matthew Sullivan 1
BEST - Ballarat: Marcus Powling, Andrew Hooper, William Garner, Grant Baldwin, Daniel Kennedy, Nicholas Weightman. Melton South: Paul Bower, Matthew Sullivan, Broden Collins, Sean Humphries, Brody Sullivan, Brendan Hooper
Sunbury 3.4, 5.9, 7.14, 8.19 (67)
East Point 2.4, 2.8, 4.11, 6.15 (51)
GOALS - Sunbury: Jarrah Maksymow 4, Cody Brand 2, Michael Edwards 1, Alik Magin 1. East Point: Jake McQueen 3, Mitchell Walsh 1, Lucas Dahlenburg 1, Jordan Johnston 1
BEST - Sunbury: Mitchel l Conn, Jayden Eales, Jack Hannett, Jarrah Maksymow, Michael Edwards, Jack Sheahan. East Point: Cameron Lovig, Jake McQueen, Daniel Tung, Daniel Semmens, Joel Mahar, Jordan Johnston
Sebastopol 4.3, 4.4, 5.5, 6.11 (47)
Melton 0.2, 3.5, 4.7, 6.10 (46)
GOALS - Sebastopol: Michael Powell 2, Brett Goodes 2, Tony Lockyer, Simon Butler. Melton: Braedan Kight 2, Shaun Campbell, Mark Orr, Connor Griffiths, Matt Denham
BEST - Sebastopol: Dean Widgery, Toby Thoolen, Tony Lockyer, Ryan Noether, Brett Goodes, Ben Trew. Melton: Matt Denham, Billy Crofts, Shaun Campbell, Mark Orr, Dyson Stevens, Jack Walker
Ballarat v Bacchus Marsh
Lake Wendouree v East Point
North Ballarat City v Redan
Sebastopol v Darley
Melton South v Sunbury