Australia staged a magnificent fightback as they came from three goals down to defeat New Zealand 4-3 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.
It was a display of clinical finishing and tremendous team spirit that saw the Aussies bagging all three points and have seven points after 3 matches.
New Zealand lost their opener 2-1 to India and got a point off hosts Malaysia in a 1-1 draw.
Australia had defeated Malaysia 2-1 in their opener and were held by Pakistan 1-1.
" Both showed good play. For us we had to make some strategy changes to save the match and more importantly we executed better then on.
" A situation like this match will help their development, which is why we are here, said Australian coach Ben Bishop.
It took New Zealand only two minutes to find the mark as Nick Woods coolly completed a well worked penalty corner to make it 1-0.
Australia stepped up the pressure and were rewarded with three penalty corners but could not get a decent shot on target.
At the stroke of halftime New Zealand were awarded their fifth penalty corner and this time Danial Panchia took a direct hit that sailed into goal to make it 2-0 at the break.
The Kiwis went 3-0 ahead in the 41st minute through Kim Kingstone.
The Auusie fightback started in the 51st minute as Andrew Scanlon converted a penalty corner.
Three minutes later as Joshua Brethern scored to reduce the deficit to 3-2.
Australia were on level terms in the 57th minute as Oliver Crane scored an opportunistic goal.
Max Hendry put Australia in the lead with a goal from an acute angle.
And New Zealand never recovered from it as the Aussies celebrated at the final whistle.