Lightning may not have managed to repeat the December demolition of Slough Jets when the two sides met again at Coventry Skydome on Wednesday but they still ran out victors once more.
Last month’s encounter ended 7-1 in Lightning’s favour. This time they were taken to overtime before Blaz Emersic secured a 3-2 victory 1min 18secs into the extra five minutes.
Slovakian Stan Lascek made another return to Lightning line-up after injury - his first re-appearance ending prematurely on Saturday. This time he not only completed the game but had a major influence on the result, picking up the man of the match award.
It was Lascek who put Lightning on the scoresheet after 10mins 21secs when he crashed Leigh Jamieson’s precision pass past goalie Andre Vasiljevic.
The lead didn’t last long though with former Lightning star Kamil Tvrdek taking the puck off Michael Farn behind the goal and registering on 14mins 4secs.
Two minutes later Tvrdek put Daniel Rose through for a shot which goalie Jordan Hedley did well to stop.
Tvrdek was involved two minutes later when he made the pass for Daniel Rose - bringing the best out of Hedley in making the save.
Both Farn - supplied by Lascek - and Emersic came close to adding to the home side’s total before the break while shortly into the second period Janne Jokila was the provider for Jordan Cownie who couldn’t beat Vasiljevic. Emersic’s shot met the same fate as the goalie saved again.
Jets believed they had gone in front in the 24th minute but referee Joy Johnston disallowed the effort - the puck having been kicked into the goal.
The first two penalties of the game followed soon after each other - Matt Towalski going for hooking shortly before Tom Carlon was called for the same offence.
Lightning had a chance of a powerplay as Cameron McGiffin was sin binned for holding the opponent’s stick, but instead it was Jets who caught them out going on the offensive with Jamie Line the provider for Tvrdek to score on 38mins 33secs with a short-handed goal.
There seemed to be extra urgency from Lightning at the start of the third session and after surviving a Carlon hooking penalty they levelled the scores when Lascek blasted past Vasiljevic on 44mins 28secs.
But Slough continued to battle hard and Ales Padelek went one on one with Hedley - the young goalie coming off best with eight minutes to go.
Despite that neither net was breached again until the match went into overtime and Emersic’s goal sent Lightning fans home happy, securing three vital points for the team.