Lakes conceded a half-century and only crossed once the last time they met The Entrance.
Two months on and the Seagulls dramatically turned the tables against the Tigers.
Lakes beat The Entrance 30-6 at Cahill Oval on Saturday, flipping a 54-4 loss down on the Central Coast on April 2.
The 74-point swing was one of the pleasing aspects for Seagulls coach Robbie Payne.
"From round two when we went down there and got towelled up by 50 to this weekend is a big difference," Payne said.
"They obviously had a few out like Will Pearsall, Josh Mantellato and I don't think they have their Warriors players anymore, but we ripped in and I think we're starting to get a bit of reward."
Lakes, who have now won three of their last five after starting the year with five straight losses, were in front 10-6 at half-time but crossed four times during the second stanza.
Payne said a positional switch between hooker Daniel Peck and halfback Nash Birch paid dividends while Shaun Boss, Matt Cooper and James Johnson also performed well.
The Entrance finished the match with 11 because two players were in the sin bin. Sione Tuitupou-Kutu was also given 10 minutes off for Lakes.
Seagulls centre Christopher Veaila (ribs) was replaced in the 56th minute.
Elsewhere in Newcastle Rugby League on Saturday and Wests extended their winning streak to four and put themselves in a share of fifth spot on the ladder after accounting for Cessnock 16-10 at Harker Oval.
Rosellas coach Todd Lowrie said his side's defense "won us the game because we gave them plenty of opportunities".
Wests winger Malu Fiu nabbed a double for the hosts. Stephen Widders was sin binned on the half-hour mark. Joe Bromage, up against his former club for the first time, suffered broken ribs and looks likely to be sidelined for a few weeks.
Macquarie were up by 16 at the main break and increased that to 28 later in the piece before finishing with a 40-18 victory over Souths at Lyall Peacock Field
The Scorpions were dealt a blow last week with player of the year leader Luke Higgins (ankle) diagnosed with a potentially season-ending injury while Tevita Toloi pulled out on game eve.
"Given we had such a disjointed week I thought we played pretty well," Macquarie coach Steve Kidd said.
Frontrunners the Pickers steamrolled Wyong 48-6 at Maitland, scoring three tries in the opening 10 minutes and leading by 30 at the main break.
In Sunday's sole round-11 fixture Central fought back against Kurri Kurri at St John Oval to remain in a share of the competition lead.
The Butcher Boys ran out winners 30-22 but trailed 16-12 at the change of ends and had their advantage reduced to two with 10 minutes left.
LADDER: Maitland, Central 18; Cessnock 16; Macquarie 14; Wests, The Entrance, Wyong 8; Kurri, Lakes 6; Souths 4.
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