Australia, with victory in sight, collapsed from 120 for one to 224 all out in a crazy post-tea spell as England won the fourth test by 74 runs to go 3-0 up in the five-match Ashes series on Monday.
A pugnacious innings from David Warner (71) put Australia in complete control but Tim Bresnan produced a peach of a delivery to remove the opener and that seemed to sap all the confidence out of the tourists as they lost eight wickets for 56 runs.
Stuart Broad (6-50) picked up his second five-wicket haul of the match with another dynamic burst of fast bowling as he and Bresnan (2-36) ripped the heart out of the Australian batting.
A thrilling game, in which the Durham wicket produced an even contest between bat and ball, ended in the gloom at 1940 local time (1840 GMT) after the umpires had fidgeted around with their light meters amid boos from the crowd.
With one wicket left to fall, Broad came back on to seal England's third straight win in an Ashes series by removing Peter Siddle for 23.
England's triumphant players gathered together in a huddle in the middle and danced up and down in joyous celebration.
Earlier, the home team were bowled out for 330 in their second innings with in-form Ian Bell hitting 113 and Australia paceman Ryan Harris taking seven wickets for the first time in his test career.