Aberdeen Lynx were lucky to come out of last weekend’s Scottish Cup first leg only one goal down.
A poor first performance in the first period left the capacity crowd with their hearts in their mouths.
However, an important team talk from coach Barry Carnegie seemed to have the desired effect with the Lynx coming out all guns blazing in the second period.
Paisley opened the scoring with less than three minutes gone through Fraser Campbell, with man of the match David Orr making it 2-0 two minutes later.
Calum MacEachran pulled one back for the Lynx at the end of the first.
The second period saw the Lynx hit by a number of penalties, but the fired-up squad managed to hold back the Pirates.
A bad tempered-end to the period gave the Lynx a man advantage in the final session, with Jordan Leyden on hand to pull his side back level.
However, Pirates’ David Orr made it 3-2 with just more than 10 minutes to go.
Coach Carnegie admitted the first period could have been a lot worse.
“We were lucky to go in only one goal down,” he said.
“We just didn’t show up, basically.
“We changed a few things between the periods, in terms of how we picked up their break-out and how we reacted to certain situations in our own end. So we were a lot better in the second period.
“In the third period when we came out with the five-minute powerplay, I felt we could have taken advantage of the game.
“But the game slipped away from us.”