Belfast Giants have slipped to five points behind Elite League leaders Braehead Clan after suffering a 1-0 defeat in Saturday's title tussle.
Leigh Salters scored the only goal of the game in the sixth minute at the Braehead Arena.
The champions had boosted their title chances with an impressive 6-3 victory over the Cardiff Devils at the Odyssey on Friday night.
However, hopes are fading of the league crown staying in Belfast.
The Giants had no problem finding the net 24 hours earlier when they hit six past the Devils.
Craig Peacock bagged a double while Mike Kompon, Kevin Westgarth, Darryl Lloyd and Ray Sawada were also on target for Steve Thornton's team.
Belfast are back in action next Saturday evening with an away league encounter against Coventry Blaze.