Steelers continue to stay within three points of league leaders Braehead Clan after winning in subdued fashion last night.
For the fourth time this season, they beat second-from-bottom Edinburgh Capitals, this time 5-3 at iceSheffield.
It wasn’t as emphatic a win as we’ve seen before over the lower budget opposition.
And to send a clearer message of intent to the to the other four clubs in the title race, they need to win at Nottingham on Saturday.
Steelers, coming into the game off a 4-0 hiding in Cardiff, were not at their best.
But in fairness, they had wanted to get off to a fast start - and it took just 96 seconds for Tomas Petruska to open the scoring.
With Caps’ Sean Beattie hospitalised with a knee problem after Darrell Hay’s check, we expected more goals, but when the next one came it was Dennis Rix to tie things at 1-1.
But a one-timer from Rob Dowd had the home crowd off its feet for 2-1 at 4;53 - the player’s second goal in nine matches.
Steelers’ Power Play was next to deliver a goal, Mathieu Roy flashing a puck in off the goalie. Caps began to subside with Jeff Legue turning in a shot past Tomas Hiadlovsky for 4-1.
Gerad Adams is a coach who likes his team to take the body and Ben O’Connor and Gord Baldwin dished out a couple of hits as Caps tried to find a way back.
Yet Rix, who has a modest background in the minors, doubled his personal tally to reduce the score for Edindburgh to 4-2.
Cullen Eddy introduced an extra physical edge by scrapping with Callum Boyd on 39 minutes.
But Rix continued to lead Caps offence and he had a shot hit the pipework with Josh Unice beaten.
Roy, the man who you feel can turn any game on its head, tipped in the fifth at 49;41, from Eddy’s shot, but it was not over yet.
You don’t expect Steelers to concede three to a team at the wrong end of the table, yet Jade Portwood exploited a Power Play for the last goal of the game.
Wednesday 11th February
Braehead Clan 3 Hull Stingrays 2 (After Penalty Shootout)
Sheffield Steelers 5 Edinburgh Capitals 3