George Bailey has spoken of the pride he holds when considering the Tigers efforts over the last three and half days after being dismissed for 81 shortly after lunch on the opening day.
The Tigers went down by six wickets to ladder leaders Victoria but took the game to almost the final hour and had their moments to push for victory half way through the day too.
"I'm proud of the way we fought back into it. There's still plenty of positive things," said Bailey.
"Jackson Bird was terrific with the ball again and Riley Meredith the last two games has been really pleasing and there's a lot to like in the way he's going about his work."
"Alex Doolan and Matthew Wade continue to put their hand up for national selection which is great."
"But we just haven't quite nailed a full game of cricket yet this season."
The Tigers took the wickets of Travis Dean & Peter Handscomb in the day's first hour before a steadying partnership between Marcus Harris and Cameron White began to swing the game.
Though the hosts gave themselves a real chance when they restricted Victoria to 4/145 after dismissing Harris & White within seven deliveries to have young duo Matt Short and Seb Gotch at the crease.
This pair got through the tough going initially before getting themselves bedded at the crease to take the game away from the Tigers before the imminent rainfall.
The Tigers will front up again next Tuesday with a big game against South Australia at Blundstone Arena beginning at 10:30am daily.
Wade's 137 fuels Tigers' fight
A superb 137 from Matthew Wade has lifted the Tigers into a winnable position at stumps on Day 3 vs. Victoria at Blundstone Arena.
His 13th First-Class ton has helped set Victoria 276 to win on the final day's play on a pitch which is beginning to deteriorate after being lively on Day 1 before flattening out.
The Tigers lost 3/3 in the first session when Doran, Silk and Bailey fell in quick succession with the lead nowhere near enough and things looked shaky.
From here, Wade and Paine solidified proceedings either side of the lunch break to build the lead into danger territory for Victoria.
Once Paine fell for 40 - caught at slip off Matt Short, Gurinder Sandhu, Gabe Bell & Riley Meredith each held meaningful partnerships with Wade but it was Jackson Bird's maiden First-Class 50 which was the the big contributor.
The Tigers had six overs at the end of the day's play to hunt for a break-though but Bird nor Meredith could land one final marker for the day.
Matthew Wade spoke through his knock following play.
"When I first went out there it was tough to score," said Wade.
"They held off taking the new ball for a while because it started to reverse and they bowled quite well."
"Once they eventually took it, things freed up for Jackson and I and we've got a score which we can defend."
Wade says he doesn't put his great run of recent form down to much at all.
"I think since the NSW game before Christmas last year I've been hitting well," he said.
"Since moving to Bellerive there's no doubt I've become a better batsmen because the ball does a lot more down here."
On Jackson Bird's lower-order batting of late, Wade says nobody should be surprised anymore.
"When he comes out I don't panic too much," he said.
"I don't really have to up the ante until the last one or two come in."
"Jackson's been batting well for as long as I've been down here and his numbers are really good for a bowler."
"His batting has come a long in leaps and bounds in the last 12 months."
The Tigers will need 10 wickets tomorrow while the Victorians will be after 264 more runs for victory. Tune into the livestream at www.cricket.com.au from 10:30am.
Doolan, Silk partnership gets Tigers going
The Tigers enjoyed by far the better of Day 2 of Sheffield Shield action at Blundstone Arena vs. Victoria, recovering a 201-run deficit on first innings to trail by 5 runs with eight wickets remaining.
Riley Meredith (4/61) in just his fourth First-Class match, was the pick of the Tigers bowlers who took 3 wickets early in the day before the visitors put on 82 for the final two wickets.
50 of these runs came for the 10th wicket.
When it was their turn to bat again, the Tigers enjoyed the flatter-looking deck.
Doolan (94 from 118) notched up his fourth half-century of the Shield season in a brilliant 170-run stand with Jordan Silk (77*).
Beau Webster added 19 with Silk before being caught behind off Jon Holland with four overs remaining in the day, ensuring a nervy ending to the day for Jake Doran.
Last season's fifth-highest Shield run scorer survived 17 deliveries at the strikers end to ensure he'll begin Day 3 and look to build a defendable lead for the Tigers.
Doolan was pleased with the team's effort today after play.
"We knew we made a mistake on the first day - especially with the bat," he said.
"So to come out and put a score like that on the board is pleasing."
The Shield's leading scorer for what's looking like being through the opening four matches said the pitch had become far more comfortable to bat on.
"The wicket's certainly changed, it's a good batting track now." he said.
"However there is still enough in it with the new ball but once it gets a bit older it's a nice strip to bat on at the moment."
"Hopefully we can post a good score and get them into the last when we might see the ball going underground and start to reverse swing a bit."
Tigers up against it after Day 1
The Tasmanian Tigers will be looking for a good hour or so early on Day 2 to work themselves back into their first Sheffield Shield match at home for the summer vs. Victoria.
Peter Handscomb won the toss and bowled on a green-tinged deck at Blundstone Arena and couldn't help but smile when electing to do so.
Via Chris Tremain (5/13) and James Pattinson (3/13) doing the bulk of the damage, the home side were rolled for 81 shortly after lunch.
Opener Jordan Silk (16) and captain George Bailey (15) provided most of the resistance for the hosts.
The Tigers needed to strike early with the ball and a Jordan Silk run out of Travis Dean and Gurinder Sandhu's first Tigers wicket in First-Class cricket just four balls into his debut had Victoria 2/21.
From there, only Cameron White's 63 stopped the Victorians from losing wickets at regular intervals in reply as they reached 5/148 at stumps, a lead of 67.
Gurinder Sandhu knows the Tigers need to be on from ball one tomorrow morning.
"If we have a good hour first up tomorrow, hopefully we can rock and them for under 200 and we're right in the game," said Sandhu.
"We had a bad day with the bat, all 11 batsmen and they bowled well which we know teams can do and that's how the day went."
"Whenever our second innings starts with the bat for us we'll look to bat positively as we know we can do as a batting unit."
Sandhu then reflected on the moment he received his baggy Tigers cap before the toss this morning.
"It felt really good," he said with a trademark grin.
"Obviously it was a pretty big move over the winter, getting down to Hobart at the end of May."
"I've just been putting in a lot of work and it's good to see that I'm getting the reward I guess pretty quickly."
"I thought it might take a year to work on my bowling and fit into the system down here but it's really nice and pleasing to get a game not only in the JLT Cup but a Shield game too."
Peter Handscomb, who is pushing for Test selection, was his first scalp in the longer format for Tasmania.
"It's always nice to get a wicket in the first couple of overs in your spell in a game, let alone your first game," he said.
"But we have some work to do tomorrow and hopefully we can comeback and have a really good start to the day."