The Central Pulse rallied in the second half to score their second straight win in the trans-Tasman netball championship, beating the Southern Steel 59-56 in Palmerston North.
Playing their first New Zealand opponent of the season, the Pulse took a back seat to Steel during the first half and were down by two at half-time.
However coach Robyn Broughton, who used to control the Steel, turned her side around at the break and they managed to pick up turnovers and convert them for an exciting win.
Wing defence Joline Henry made her first appearance of the season after the birth of her baby in January, coinciding with a big lift from her Pulse team.
The Pulse are up to fifth in the standings and the Steel are seventh although there are another two matches to be played on Monday night, including the bottom of the table clash between the Canterbury Tactix and Northern Mystics.