The Belfast Giants recovered from 2-0 down to beat Fife Flyers 5-3 in Friday night's Elite League game at the SSE Arena, with the teams to meet again in Scotland on Saturday.
Michael Dorr gave the visitors the lead in the first period and Nico Sacchetti extended the lead in the second.
Michael Forney and David Rutherford scored and then Matt Nickerson and Jonathan Boxill found the net.
Sacchetti and James Desmarais traded goals as the Giants ran out winners.
Saturday night's game will be the last of the regular season for the Giants, whose only hope of silverware rests with the end-of-season play-offs, which start over the Easter weekend.