After a rather subdued opening couple of heats, the quality on the shale really accelerated as the meeting wore on with the Monarchs finally getting themselves over the line following a last-heat decider.
There was no hangover from last weekend's Jubilee League defeat to arch-rivals the Glasgow Tigers as the Capital outfit underlined their intentions to finish the season on a high - their last of the Armadale era.
The Monarchs were again without skipper and talisman Sam Masters, who underwent surgery on a broken shoulder in Poland this week. Speedway riders are made of the strong stuff and Masters himself hasn't ruled out riding at the Championship pairs at Oxford next Friday.
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Poole Pirates' Richard Lawson stepped in for the 31-year-old Australian and he took the first chequered flag of the evening, followed home by team-mate Norwegian Lasse Fredriksen for a welcome 5-1.
However, the visitors returned the compliment in heat three as impressive teenager Leon Flint and Michael Palm-Toft outgated Monarchs pairing Kye Thomson and Paco Castagna.
Heat nine saw a right ding-dong battle between Thomson, Castagna and lone Gladiator - and former Grand Prix star - Hans Andersen, Thomson showing his track craft to reel in Andersen before Castagna tried his luck at passing the Dane. However, he couldn't land a blow and the Monarchs had to settle for a 4-2. The home side led 30-24, but it was far from comfortable.
The Devon outfit, who are also play-off-bound, were still within a shout of a losing bonus point with just three heats remaining and that became a distinct possibility when Andersen and Flint teamed up for a 4-2 to move to within four points of their opponents. A second consecutive 4-2 had the Gladiators targeting a win outright with Monarchs' lead now slashed to two ahead of the final four laps of the evening.
But Thomson and Lawson duly delivered a 5-1 maximum to seal all three points, the Gladiators deservedly picking up a hard-fought point.
Thomson, who finished with 11, said: "It wasn't looking too good for me in my first race snapping the chain but I managed to turn my night around. It was a hard win."