Mark Williams says he was lucky to make the second round of the UK Championship after a 6-4 win over Hanza Akbar in York.
The 40-year-old Welshman led the match 4-0 before being pegged back to 4-4 by the Pakistan player.
Williams, winner in 1999 and 2002, will face Tom Ford in the second round on Saturday afternoon.
"I started well but he came back into it and I suppose in the end I'm lucky to have got over the line," he said.
"In fairness I think some people looking at the match would say he was the better player.
"He probably was a bit nervous starting off but he started to play well and I started missing a few and he came back into it."
Ryan Day won the all-Welsh first round match against Dean Jones 6-1.
Another former winner, Mathew Stevens, plays Chris Wakelin in his first round match this evening with another Welshman, Lee Walker, taking on Li Hang of China.