Melbourne win by 9 points
Melbourne's third straight win lifted them to seventh and just half a game outside the top five.
Ian Ridley had been forced to blast his side at half-time when they were two goals down, but in their first clash with the Ron Barassi-era Roos his old side stormed home to win in the last quarter, with three-quarter time substitute John Clennett dominating the ruck in the last quarter.
Best were Bourke, Tilbrook and Brewer. Williamson was replaced by Clennett at three-quarter time. Frank Davis was an unused reserve. Biffin suffered a strained hamstring.
Melbourne 13.17 d. North Melbourne 8.8
Goals - McDonald 4, Cunningham 2, McSpeerin 2, Dilnot 1, Dullard 1, Lierich 1, Morgan 1, Ritterman 1
Best - Collins, Dilnot, McDonald
Melbourne 14.8 d. North Melbourne 11.11
Goals - Maxey 3, Slade 3, McLean 2, Meades 2, Arundale 1, Doran 1, McIllvenna 1, McMullin 1
Best - Slade, Chamberlain, Potter