In front of a sold-out Stobart Stadium the Wolves ran up a 28-8 half-time lead.
From the penalty the ball was moved rightwards towards Phil Bailey, who stepped and went over the line beneath the posts, Richards adding the conversion.
Wigan’s lead was extended when Richards kicked a penalty awarded for offside, but Warrington refused to lie down and attacked the Warriors line with quick hands and strong running.
A third try quickly followed: a penalty gave Warrington field position and with Bailey on the sidelines with a twisted ankle Briers found the space to reach out and score, Bridge adding the extras.
Wigan tried in vain to respond: Andy Coley was held up over the line and from the restart the Warriors lost control of the ball which rolled harmlessly over the touch line.
Instead Warrington added yet another try to the score, Michael Monaghan slicing through the Wigan defence and sending a high pass to King who found enough space to score.
The second half began with a Warriors scoring opportunity, but the video referee rightly ruled that Carmont was in touch; besides which, Richards appeared to have knocked on in the build up.
The Wolves extended their advantage when Monagahan was held up over the line, and from the 10m restart Briers sent a kick to the left wing which was plucked out of the air by King, who touched down for his hat trick.
Wigan hit back for the first time however, a chip kick was knocked down by Roberts for Sam Tomkins to get over the line, Richards’ goal making the score 32-14 in the Wolves’ favour.
The comeback really was on the cards when Leuluai squeezed through the defence to score, Richards again adding the extras and cutting the deficit to a mere six points.
Warrington, however, regained the initiative when Briers, under pressure, kicked a drop goal to extend the lead to seven points.
And the victory was sealed when Hicks found the space out wide to race over at the corner, Bridge converting from the touch line in fron of the ecstatic Warrington fans.