The Storm�s ability to convert half chances into scoring opportunities proved the difference as Melbourne out-scrapped the Tigers in what was a dour struggle for 80 minutes.
Despite the unflattering scoreline Storm coach Craig Bellamy was pleased with the win knowing the game would be arm wrestle for much of the night.
�We just knew that they (Tigers) would come and scrap and scrounge for everything,� Bellamy explained.
�They�re a team that will turn up every week to play, they try hard, they defend well and they get stuck into you so we had a pretty simple plan that we were going in with and for most of the night we stuck pretty close to it.
�Overall I�m pretty happy to get away with the win because I knew it was going to be a tough game.�
Ironically the turning point of the night came midway through the second half when Melbourne skipper Stephen Kearney was sin-binned for holding in the tackle.
This should have been the Tigers� chance to even up the scoreboard but it was the Storm who gained the ascendancy with Slater picking up his second try of the night from long range.
�That ten minutes was nearly our best ten minutes of the night to be honest,� Bellamy added.
�While we defended quite well all night I thought that was the most aggressive we tackled during that period.�
Halfback Matt Orford agreed that the sin binning of Kearney lifted the Storm�s intensity level.
�Everybody just knew the game was in the balance and we had to go on with it,� Orford said.
�We just had to dig our heels in and do what we had to do to play the game that we wanted to play.�
Slater took his season tally to 12 tries in just 15 games this year and was ably assisted by another Storm rookie in Dustin Cooper.
In his first run-on appearance for the Storm since signing with Melbourne earlier in the year 22-year-old Cooper scored a try with his first touch and was involved in several other opportunities.
�I was pretty confident in putting him (Cooper) in (the side), I haven�t seen too much of him play but he�s a very confident kid and he did a pretty good job,� Bellamy said of the former Redcliffe Dolphin.
The Tigers leave Melbourne knowing they still haven�t beaten the Storm in Victoria.
Despite leaving the field in the second half following a heavy head-clash, Storm prop Mitchell Sargent was cleared of any injury. The Storm had no other injuries.
DETAILS STORM 16 Tries: Cooper 1, Slater 2 Goals: Orford 4/4 (1 pen goal)
TIGERS 8 Tries: Milton 1 Goals: Covell 2/2 (1 pen goal)