Lions star Joe Daniher's side looked to be cruising to victory over the Demons in the third quarter of their dramatic clash on Friday night - but that didn't stop the full forward from gesticulating wildly at teammate Eric Hipwood before smashing him in the chest to make a point seconds later.

Brisbane were up by 26 points with just over two minutes remaining in the term when Daniher was seen angrily waving his arms at Hipwood as he stood in the goal square, obviously desperate to be fed the ball so he could extend the lead.

The 29-year-old seemed furious as he repeatedly pointed towards the forward pocket before throwing his hands up in exasperation while he was being marked by Melbourne's Judd McVee.

'This is what happens when you get a 201-centimetre [player] against a 185. Get it in quick,' Luke Hodge said in commentary for Channel Seven.

'Hipwood went back for the shot, Joey Daniher not happy. Fuming, Richo - you'd be doing the same thing, I believe,' he continued, referring to co-commentator and ex-Tigers tall Matthew Richardson.

Seconds later, when the Lions gathered around during a break in play, Daniher made his point physically as he barked instructions in a huddle, slamming his right hand into Hipwood's chest while eyeballing the forward pocket.

The harsh exchange showed how desperate the veteran was to turn the team's attitude around after Brisbane's hammering at the hands of the Power in round one.

After the match - which was halted for more than 30 minutes in dramatic circumstances when a power failure plunged the Gabba into darkness - Lions boss Chris Fagan said the change in mindset was one of the keys to the win.

Brisbane let in five unanswered goals after the lights failed, but the coach was still a happy man. 

'Last week we went in full of confidence and Port went in full of hunger and you can see what happens when when the mindsets are a little bit different,' he said.

'I didn't think it was their ability last week, I just thought it was our mindset wasn't as strong.

'It actually helped us this week, and I reckon it was great that we were playing a really good side in Melbourne, who've been looking pretty unbeatable.

'The boys have learnt a valuable lesson about the mindset you need to turn up to an AFL game.'

Will Ashcroft was very impressive in just his second AFL game and Fagan singled him out for praise.

The 18-year-old had a team-high 31 disposals to go with nine clearances, a goal and 15 contested possessions without taking a single mark.

'He's a fine young footballer,' Fagan said.

'He can find the ball and he can set things up for us. If he can get somewhere near that most weeks that'd be terrific result from a first-year player, but there's a long way in the season to go.'

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