Netball: Northern Mystics back on track after 53-49 road win against the Canterbury Tactix

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Bailey Mes was outstanding for the Auckland based side finishing with 81 percent shooting. Photo credit: Photosport

The Northern Mystics have turned the tables on the Canterbury Tactix, securing a 53-49 ANZ Premiership win in Christchurch on Monday night.

The four-point victory gained the Auckland based side a measure of revenge on their southern rivals, who swept aside the Mystics in the opening round of the competition earlier this month.

Shooters Bailey Mes and Jamie Hume hit the shots that mattered for the Aucklanders, showing fine form, despite facing a stern test from Tactix defenders Jane Watson and Temalisi Fakahokatau.

The backcourt duo produced their own version of the famed 'Harrison hoist' against the team that devised the move.

However the Mystics didn't falter late as they have in previous fixtures this season, overcoming a fourth quarter surge from Canterbury, to close the game out off the back of 81 percent shooting from Silver Fern attacker Mes.

Captain Anna Harrison was delighted with the improvement her team showed as they look to push for a spot in the semi-finals.

"Our attackers put the pressure on from the get-go," Harrison told Sky Sports.

"It makes our job easier in snapping up those loose balls. It was something we have really been working on."

The win lifts the Mystics to fourth place, while the surprise packet Tactix remain in second with three wins from five games.