The table topping Central Pulse showed their class in the later stages to clinch a 47-36 win over the Mainland Tactix in their domestic netball clash in Christchurch.
The match-up between the two best defensive teams in the competition produced just that, a tight, low-scoring spectacle which took until the final quarter to open up.
After a third quarter comeback, a Tactix upset beckoned before the Pulse steadied the ship to seal the result.
Pulse captain Katrina Grant was a standout throughout the match while the introduction of rookie Mila Reuelu-Buchanan and Ameliaranne Ekenasio helped the visitors to get over the line.
The Pulse are now two points clear of the Southern Steel in first place with the Tactix third a further four points back.
The Pulse have four games left and the Tactix three.
The top three teams qualify for the play-offs.
Shooting Stats - Tactix:
Ellie Bird 19/24 (79%)
Kate Beveridge 10/13 (77%)
Brooke Leaver 7/7 (100%)
Gemma Hazeldine 0/1 (0%)
Shooting Stats - Pulse:
Aliyah Dunn 25/29 (86%)
Tiana Metuarau 13/16 (81%)
Ameliaranne Ekenasio 9/11 (82%)