Cameron Gliddon says his vital 24-point haul to steer the Bullets home against NBL benchmark the Wildcats was sparked by his failure to deliver a week ago against the 36ers.
The Bullets looked shot when they trailed by 14 points in the third quarter before racing home in a pulsating 93-86 win at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Friday night.
Gliddon's confidence returned, shooting the side home despite looking out of sorts in Brisbane's home loss to Adelaide in the previous round.
"Individually you want to perform at your best and if you lose you feel guilty, disappointed that you didn't give more," the guard said.
"Sometimes it's not your night.
"I was happy I was able to put the ball in the hole tonight but I'm happier for the win."
The win tightened the Bullets' grip on fourth place while for the Wildcats it cost them top spot on the ladder.
Gliddon's desperation to make an impact was obvious when he latched onto steal in the final quarter and coasted to the basket to help put away the Wildcats.
Bench forward Mika Vukona was equally as impressive.
Statistics do not always reveal his value to the team but his screens, rebounding and four blocked shots was influential after he missed last week's loss due to an injured calf.
"They care. Losing hurts," Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis said of the turnaround from last week.
"You sense from practice, you sense from the body language it hurts."
Perth was in a position to roll over the home side but missed its chance.
The visitors were dominant on the boards and guard Bryce Cotton threatened all night on his way to 29 points.
When the game was on the line, however, the Wildcats let Brisbane off.
"We've been in positions to win a couple of times but when the heat gets on, we don't execute like we should," coach Trevor Gleeson said.
"We got them into foul trouble early in the fourth quarter and then we didn't attack the basket again."
The win was Brisbane's second dramatic fightback in December after snatching a win from 17 points down against champions Melbourne United a fortnight ago.
A feverishly contested first quarter took a twist when Bullets starting point guard Jason Cadee hobbled off after a collision with Wildcats centre Tom Jervis.
While Cadee was in the dressing room receiving treatment for a corked leg, the challenge facing Perth was amplified.
Guard Mitch Norton was ejected following technical and unsportsmanlike fouls.
His absence left the Wildcats a player down for almost three quarters.
Perhaps sensing Norton's departure as a turning point, Perth's Cotton flashed into focus with 11 second-quarter points.