Trailing by a goal in Guildford on Sunday and facing the prospect of falling seven points behind in the title race, Belfast Giants centre Scott Conway led the fightback against the Flames.
The GB international was part of the powerplay on which Jordan Boucher tied the game 1-1, then scored the winner himself shortly before the second intermission when he netted from a tight angle, with Mark Cooper and Sam Ruopp rounding off a 4-1 comeback win in the third.
Having avoided a third straight loss for the first time this season the gap at the top is just three points instead of seven and Conway insists there was never any panic on the bench.
“It’s a long game. It’s hockey, too, you can go down a goal or up a goal and you’ve just got to keep playing the way you’re playing,” insists the 26-year-old.
“We lost two in-a-row, so we needed a bounce back. Coach called us out a bit, he was saying to us other teams keep winning and we’ve just got to keep doing the same. We stepped up a team and got the job done.
“It’s a long season and every team loses games, that’s the way it is. We have to be on the end of most of the games and we have to be ready to capitalise on it.”
After taking yesterday off, the Giants are back to work today and, for the first time in five weeks, have a full week of preparation for two games at the weekend against the Coventry Blaze.
“It’s going to be nicer this week. We’re going to rest up after the hard games we’ve played over the last while and be ready to go on Saturday,” adds Conway.
“If we have a midweek game, we’ll maybe try to conserve a bit of energy in practice so we’re ready to go, but this week we can be fully focused and we’ll be able to give it a bit more.
“We’ll be able to work on more stuff and we’ll practice for a bit longer too.”