Steelers put on one of their performances of the season in a 6-4 win at Nottingham - illustrating the potential this team really possesses.
Sheffield had lost four out of their last seven games and had tested coach Paul Thompson’s patience. But a 3-0 middle period created the platform for a memorable win.
Rob Dowd gave Steelers a great start with a goal, provided by the hard work of Levi Nelson after 86 seconds.
Steelers thought they’d doubled that advantage at 11.15 when Mathieu Roy’s effort hit Colton Fretter en route to the net at 11:15 - but it was washed out much to the disgust of the travelling fans.
Sport is full of twists and turns and Panthers, who could have been two down, equalised when Evan Mosey converted on the Power Play, Nelson in the bin.
However, Steelers came out after the first interval on the front foot - bossing the session 3-0.
Only 100 seconds had passed when d-man Cullen Eddy fired home from the slot, assisted by Luke Ferrara and Tyler Mosienko.
Nelson was leading by example, and he made it 3-1 to Steelers, burying a rebound after assertive work from Rod Sarich, at 26;48.
Panthers took four times as many penalty minutes as Sheffield in the second period, and Fredrik Vestberg executed on a 5-on-3 PP with a superb finish - it was 4-1, the same score Panthers won by at Sheffield Arena on November 15.
In fact, Steelers had lost their last two encounters with Nottingham, so the final session was the chance to protect the lead.
Panthers fashioned a quick reply at 43:09, Juraj Kolnik reviving home fortunes.
Guillaume Desbiens, in his first away game, bagged another, for 5-2 although David Clarke replied on a 6-on-4 play.
Panthers weren’t finished, David Clarke and Kolnik scoring a brace in nine minutes.
But Dowd completed with an empty netter to seal a four-point weekend.
Coach Thompson, who had dropped import Jeff Legue before the match, was pleased specifically with Zack Fitzgerald who had made three “huge blocks” in a gutsy road performance. “Wins bring confidence, especially in Nottingham” he said.
Sunday 29th November
Belfast Giants 1 Manchester Storm 3
Braehead Clan 3 Fife Flyers 0
Coventry Blaze 4 Cardiff Devils 1
Edinburgh Capitals 9 Dundee Stars 11
Nottingham Panthers 4 Sheffield Steelers 6