A goal by Wellington attacker Stephen Jenness gave New Zealand a 1-0 win over India in the third outing at the Six Nations men's hockey tournament in Valencia today.
The win followed defeats by hosts Spain and Germany and will be a confidence booster for the world's eighth-ranked team in their final significant hitout before the Rio Olympics.
Jenness scored in the 18th minute and although both teams had their scoring chances, the Black Sticks defended stoutly as fifth-ranked India pressed in the final quarter.
''Overall it's a pleasing performance for us and shows our maturity in rebounding from a few tough losses earlier in the tournament," New Zealand coach Colin Batch said.
"Both teams had a few corners, but we outplayed India in the field today and showed some really good signs in terms of our development.
"We're a resilient team and we will take away this win and look to keep our momentum going in our next game against Ireland."
New Zealand have a day off before facing the Irish tomorrow night.