Cardiff Devils hit back with a vengeance at the Fife Flyers Arena in Scotland.
The Welsh team were 2-0 down midway through the Elite League match before scoring seven successive goals and powering to an eight-goal victory.
Man of the match Gleason Fournier played a key role, while Mike Hedden scored two goals.
“It was a great win in a quality hockey match,” said Devils coach Andrew Lord. “The first two periods were hard fought and close.
“We dug in and I really liked last 10 minutes of the second period. We talked about keeping our foot on the gas and did that.
“When there is a bit of adversity we have the guys to dig in. Going down 2-0 in Fife’s building is difficult, but every player kept their composure, played the right way, elevated their play. I proud of them to a man.”
After a goalless first period, Flyers took control thanks to Marcus Besara (20-29) and Carlo Finucci, who netted off a face-off (29-02).
When the game moved past the halfway mark Devils showed the character, spirit and quality they have in their team.
Gleason Fournier scored unassisted with a backhand shot that fooled goalie Shane Owen (30-28) and Justin Faryna tied the game (33-09).
Just 30 seconds later Devils were ahead for the first time when Hedden scored with a wraparound goal.
Joey Martin tipped in a shot from Fournier (37-20) before Hedden (44-27), Joey Haddad (44-55) and Sam Duggan (48-35) swept Devils into an 7-2 lead.
Former Devils forward Paul Crowder pulled one back after 54-15 before Layne Ulmer restored the five-goal advantage for the Devils when he made it 8-3.
Ben Bowns made 23 saves for the win and the Devils powerplay went 1/2.
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Captain Jake Morissette and his team now play Dundee Stars at the Viola Arena on Sunday (6pm).
Scorers, Flyers: Marcus Besara 1+1, Carlo Finucci 1+2, Paul Crowder 1+1, Rick Pinkston 0+1, Scott Arssen 0+1.
Devils: Mike Hedden 2+0, Gleason Fournier 1+2, Sam Duggan 1+1, Justin Faryna 1+0, Joey Haddad 1+1, Joey Martin 1+0, Layne Ulmer 1+1, Bryce Reddick 0+1, Matthew Myers 0+1, Charles Linglet 0+3, Evan Mosey 0+1, Craig Moore 0+1, Sam Duggan 0+1.
Period scores (Flyers first): 0-0; 2-4 (2-4); 1-4 (3-8).
Penalties in minutes: Flyers 0+4+2=6; Devils 2+2+2=6.
Shots on goal: Flyers (on Bowns) 6+10+10=26; Devils (on Owen) 7+9+13=29.
Special teams: Flyers PK 1/2, PP 0/2; Devils PK 2/2, PP 1/2.
Referees: Blake Copeland and Chris Wells.
Stars of the game: Flyers, Marcus Besara; Devils, Gleason Fournier.
Other Saturday results: Guildford Flames 3, Nottingham Panthers 8; Dundee Stars 4, Coventry Blaze 2; Milton Keynes Lightning 5, Manchester Storm 2; Sheffield Steelers 2, Belfast Giants 4.
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