The British and Irish Lions claimed their third successive South Africa tour win, 26-24 against the Cheetahs, but they were made to sweat for victory at Vodacom Park.
Unlike the Golden Lions in Johannesburg three days earlier, the Cheetahs refused to take a mauling.
The Lions eased into cruise control during a one-sided opening quarter after tries by flanker Stephen Ferris and centre Keith Earls helped open up a 17-0 lead.
The Cheetahs, though, struck twice in seven first-half minutes after Ferris was sin-binned by English referee Wayne Barnes, with wing Danwel Demas and prop Wian du Preez claiming touchdowns that Jacque Potgieter converted.
Centre Corne Uys then struck with an 80-metre interception try eight minutes from time that substitute Louis Strydom converted, setting up the prospect of a famous home win.
Lions wing Shane Williams could only look on after Uys collected his intended pass to fly-half James Hook - but there were more scares for the Lions to survive before full-time.
Strydom was agonisingly wide with a drop-goal attempt which would have sealed the deal, then the Cheetahs were unable to prosper from an attacking scrum after Lions full-back Lee Byrne uncharacteristically spilled a high ball.
Ultimately, the Lions were indebted to Wales star Hook's precision goal-kicking to maintain their unbeaten record.
Hook, who looks set to mount a serious challenge for the Test team number 10 shirt, booted four penalties and two conversions - an immaculate return which kept the Cheetahs at bay.
England's preparations for the Autumn International series were potentially dealt a further blow as Maro Itoje was forced to undergo an x-ray after Saracens' European victory over Scarlets on Saturday night.