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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19:  Te Maire Martin and Jamie Soward of the Panthers celebrate victory in the round three NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Brisbane Broncos at Pepper Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

1. Panthers bounce back from last week's heartbreak

The Panthers have recovered from last week's nail-biting loss to the Bulldogs in the best way possible, knocking off the 2015 grand finalists with some late heroics of their own.

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin was pleased with his side's resolve, especially after blowing a good lead late on their home patch in Round 2. 

'Hook' credited his side for not throwing in the towel after falling behind 22-6 in the first-half, and hopes Saturday night's comeback will kick-start their 2016 campaign. 

"It's a lot better than last week when we earned a win but didn't get the points," Griffin said.

"I was just really happy for the players tonight that they got to experience a win because it was heartbreaking for them last week. 

"It's just a real show of courage from them that they were able to bounce back and find that effort in the second half tonight.

"Like the players I was very disappointed last week and how we lost that game. We just spoke this week about bouncing back from that. We lost our way early, but in the end when we got our chance, we took it."

2. Griffin remains coy on Martin

Anthony Griffin must be a great poker player, because the Penrith mentor wasn't giving much away about his game-winning five-eighth Te Maire Martin.

Griffin told the rookie on Friday morning that he was set to make his NRL debut in front of his home fans, and would have been ecstatic with what he saw.

Martin had a debut like no other, scoring his side's game-levelling try, before knocking over the field goal to give Penrith its first win of 2016.

While some Panthers fans are dubbing Martin the 'messiah', Griffin wants to see more from his playmaker before he is ready to dish out any high praise. 

"He's had one game. He went alright. It's his first game. He's obviously done a great job. It's a great night for him, but he's got to string a few together." 

He couldn't even confirm whether Martin would play next week against the Dragons, saying: "We'll have a look."

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.