Although, Masandawana would have to rely on an 83rd minute winner from talisman Khama Billiat.
For all of Sundowns dominance throughout the first half, they would only have the solitary Themba Zwane strike to show for it, as on numerous occasions chances went a-begging.
After the game the Brazilians head coach Pitso Mosimane was not entirely satisfied with his side's performance despite the win.
"Tonight we were very wasteful in the first half. The gods of football were with us, we managed to score,” Mosimane told SuperSport TV.
“To be honest at half-time I never coached because I was very emotional. I told them they've been wasteful and that is not how champions behave. That is the behaviour of the after-effects of winning a Cup," he said.
The 52-year-old tactician also lamented the first half performances of the attacking duo of Percy Tau and Anthony Laffor.
Tau’s criticism would come despite the rising star winning the man of the match award after the game.
"You gave Percy man of the match but I don't think he played well in the first half, my opinion. Anthony (Laffor), but I don't want to talk really, I mean ball in front of you, ball in front of goal. I mean I don't know,” Mosimane added.
"Not to say that I am criticising them, I love them and praised them last week but why should I praise them after this?
Nonetheless, Mosimane was happy with the three points. Downs have now narrowed the gap down to four points between them and Kaizer Chiefs, who are at the summit of the PSL table.
"At the end of the day we won the match, sometimes you play so well and you lose but we benefited tonight, but I am happy with these three points," he stressed.
“Three points is what it comes down to,” Mosimane concluded.