Canberra have ended their five-game losing streak with a 14-4 win over Canterbury but lost Jarrod Croker to a suspected serious shoulder injury on Friday night.
The Raiders dominated with field position and possession for most of the contest but couldn't capitalise on the scoreboard enough against a gritty Bulldogs outfit who turned the home side away more often than not.
It was a clash the Raiders needed to win after a difficult month of winless results and particularly given they were without star five-eighth Jack Wighton, due to suspension.
Tries to Elliott Whitehead and Matt Frawley set up a 10-0 lead before Corey Waddell was penalised for a high tackle on Brad Schneider after half-time that enabled the Raiders to extend their advantage to 12.
Frawley filled in for Wighton comfortably while Croker was strong in his return to the NRL following stem-cell knee surgery before he appeared to suffer a serious shoulder injury in a try-saving attempt before the full-time siren.