The Hurricanes bounced back from last week's disappointment to put their Super Rugby campaign back on track with a 22-16 win over the Western Force in Wellington on Friday.
Outscoring their opponents by three tries to one, the Canes moved back into the top six on the standings.
Jayden Hayward missed an early penalty, before Beauden Barrett slotted one in the 11th minute.
That gave the Hurricanes the boost they needed and at the end of the first quarter they were rewarded for their endeavour when Jeffery Toomaga-Allen worked his way over the line from close range - following a series of pick-'n-drive moves. Barrett added the extras - 10-0 to the home team.
Hayward eventually got the first points for the Force just short of the half-hour mark, a penalty after a breakdown offence.
However, a sublime run by Alapati Leiua - from a poor clearance kick - resulted in Brad Shields going over for the home team's second try. Barrett, from near the touchline, was wide of the mark - 15-3.
The Force did launch a late raid on the Hurricanes' line, but the home team hung on till the break.
Hayward had the first scoring opportunity in the second-half as well, an offside call, and he slotted the penalty - 6-15 after 48 minutes.
However, as was the case in the first half, the Hurricanes hot back immediately - Tusi Pisi finishing off with a try that started when the Hurricanes countered from another poor clearance kick. Barrett added the conversion - 22-6 with just under half-an-hour to go.
The Force revitalised their fading hopes when Alby Mathewson produced a moment of brilliance, stepping and weaving his way past defenders to score the visitors' opening try. Hayward converted to make it a nine-point (13-22) game with just on 20 minutes remaining.
With seven minutes left on the clock Hurricanes replacement James Broadhurst was yellow-carded for repeated breakdown offences and Hayward kicked the penalty to make it a six-point (16-22) game and leave the back door open for the Force.
However, the 14-man Hurricanes hung on for a hard-earned win.
For the Hurricanes:
Tries: Toomaga-Allen, Shields, Pisi
Cons: Barrett 2
For the Western Force:
Pens: Hayward 3
Yellow card: James Broadhurst (Hurricanes, 72 - repeated breakdown offences)
Hurricanes: 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Alapati Leiua , 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Faifili Levave, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Karl Lowe, 20 TJ Perenara, 21 Reynold Lee-Lo, 22 Andre Taylor.
Western Force: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 Junior Rasolea, 11 Ed Stubbs, 10 Sam Norton-Knight, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Richard Brown, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Rory Walton, 19 Chris Alcock, 20 Mick Snowden, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Alfie Mafi.
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)