Steelers moved to their seventh straight victory after back-to-back wins over title rivals Belfast.
Sheffield were never in control on Sunday the way they had been on Saturday. And that was a lot to do with a hugely better performance from the visitors.
But the home side had two Tyler Mosienko goals to thank for last night’s League points, which keeps their excellent run going.
Giants’ (suspended) player-coach Derrick Walser had admitted he’d got his tactical game-plan wrong the night before, when his side were hit for six.
The modifications he employed certainly worked on Sunday.
It was a bad tempered opening with Zack Fitzgerald and Matt Nickerson going toe-to-toe. The Sheffield d-man dropped his opponent with a decent right hand.
But a rash moment set up an opening strike for Belfast. The ref had indicated he was going to penalise Levi Nelson but as play continued Russ Moyer drew an unnecessary interference call.
On the five-on-three penalty, Kris Beech waited to deliver the pass he wanted - and when it got to Mike Wilson he rifled it home.
Belfast had three successive chances to extend their lead. Adam Keefe and Mitch Ganzak threatened Tyler Plante before Rod Sarich’s positional excellence defied a two-on-one rush.
Belfast were managing to interrupt Steelers flow in a way they’d not managed the night before.
Steelers continued to lose puck possession more than is healthy for them, but were rescued by Mosienko in a 2-0 middle period.
The home side thought they’d scored at 21;52 when Mathieu Roy poked a Colton Fretter rebound under Stephen Murphy but it was disallowed.
The event energised Steelers and at 30;31 they levelled. Ben O’Connor, always a danger when he roams forward, put the puck on net and Mosienko did the rest.
The centreman claimed his second when he snapped up a half-chance in the slot as he fell to the ice, at 37;13.
Belfast continued to press and force turnovers. Keefe came close to equalising with a back-hander as Steelers and Brendan Benedict almost buried a chance after Steelers lost possession.
Fitzgerald accused ex Steeler Michael Forney of diving after a high-sticks call...one of the few incidents of note involving the one time Sheffield forward.
Steelers 6 Giants 1
Steelers fans were drooling in their seats as their team performed a ruthless destruction job on Giants on Saturday.
The home side were 5-0 before the 30 minute mark, thanks to goals from Roy, C(two) Jeff Legue, Fredrick Vestberg and O’Connor.
Craig Peacock broke Plante’s hoped-for shut out at 51;34, but Fretter’s beautifully crafted goal restored the five-goal margin.
Legue’s goal was his 100th at the Arena.
Sunday 4th October
Cardiff Devils 4 Edinburgh Capitals 0
Coventry Blaze 0 Braehead Clan 1 (OT)
Sheffield Steelers 2 Belfast Giants 1
Challenge Cup Group A
Dundee Stars 2 Fife Flyers 1
Challenge Cup Group B
Manchester Storm 2 Nottingham Panthers 4