Tottenham edged the battle of the B teams with Nottingham Forest, sneaking into the Capital One Cup fourth round after Ryan Mason's wonderful long-range effort inspired a late comeback victory.
A combined total of 20 changes were made by Mauricio Pochettino and Stuart Pearce at White Hart Lane, with this weekend's north London derby and Forest's promotion push the clear priority.
It had looked like Forest would leave victorious after Jorge Grant's second-half effort, although a wonderful strike from Mason was followed up by a poacher's goal from Roberto Soldado and a fine Harry Kane attempt as Spurs ran out 3-1 victors.
The third-round victory was not the prettiest but a much-needed boost for Spurs, having gone four matches without a win in all competitions.
The latest saw was a 1-0 home defeat to previously-winless West Brom - a performance Pochettino described in programme notes as "an extremely bad day for everyone".
It looked like worse was to come against the unbeaten Championship leaders, who came close to taking a first-half lead when Ben Osborn ended a slaloming run with a strike off the underside of the bar.
Forest continued to impress after half-time and took the lead in the 61st minute through full debutant Grant, sending the raucous travelling support into raptures - many of whom clad in green jumpers to mark the 10th anniversary of Brian Clough's passing.
Pearce, a key player during his tenure, celebrated wildly, although Spurs soon equalised with Mason coming off the bench to score a fantastic 30-yard effort on just his fifth appearance for the club.
It proved the catalyst to a late resurgence by Spurs as Soldado soon turned home an Andros Townsend shot, before Harry Kane latched onto a crafty Erik Lamela pass to fired home in stoppage time.