Lou Dickenson slotted the game-winning penalty shot as Dundee Stars saw off hosts Belfast Giants with a confidence-boosting 3-2 Challenge Cup victory on Sunday night.
The former Edmonton Oilers draft pick found the net in the nerve-jangling extra session after the sides were tied at 2-2 at the end of regular time.
They pair could not be separated after sudden-death overtime and Mike Radja, James Desmarais and Michael Forney missed for Giants with Brandon Benedict converting.
Dickenson slotted Dundee’s opening penalty shot and watched as Curtis Leinweber and Brett Switzer failed with theirs.
Then the 33-year-old skated out of from the bench to score turn a 2-0 deficit from the first period into a win.
Radja had earlier opened the scoring for Giants after four minutes with Derrick Walser making it two in the 18th minute.
Stars hit back with a goal from assistant coach Bobby Chaumont and Justin Faryna slotted the leveller seconds into the final session.
Stars used both their netminders during the game, Buckhaven-based Craig Holland receiving 33 minutes of ice time and no 1 Vlastimil Lakosil 31 minutes during which he lost two goals.
Star secured a 3-2 overtime win over Edinburgh Capitals on Saturday.
Jason Gray netted the game-winner from a pass by Lou Dickenson after 57 seconss of the extra session to earn the points but the Canadian coach was unhappy.
Sam McCluskey had netted his first of the season to get Dundee rolling, only to see Taylor Dickin level.
David Rutherford then fired Capitals ahead only for Davie Turon to level and take the game into overtime.
Meanwhile Fife Flyers crashed 4-2 to Edinburgh Capitals at Murrayfield on Sunday.
The home side were 3-0 ahead thanks to strikes from Ryan Hayes, Craig McCallum and David Rutherford.
Fife hit back with two third period goals in seven minutes through Michael Dorr and Patrick Cullen.
Flyers’ coach Todd Dutiaume gambled by removing netminder David Brown with 19 seconds left and leading league marksman Hayes scored almost immediately on the empty net.
Flyers also slipped to a 3-1 defeat at home to league newcomers Manchester Storm on Saturday.
Braehead Clan lost 6-3 at home to Coventry Blaze, Nottingham Panthers saw off Sheffield Steelers 4-1 and Cardiff Devils beat Manchester Storm 6-1.