The Belfast Giants secured victory in the Elite League after defeating Cardiff Devils 4-3 after overtime at the SSE Arena.
It was the first of two successive head to heads between the teams and it was Cardiff who went ahead through Jake Morisette in the first period before Brandon Benedict replied for the home side.
The Devils forged ahead again but Michael Forney and Colin Shields restored parity for the Giants.
James Desmarais found the net in the first period of overtime.
Both teams meet again in Belfast on Saturday night.