Netball: Southern Steel score comeback win over Mainland Tactix 53-52

The Southern Steel have moved within range of the Central Pulse on top of netball's ANZ Premiership, with a last gasp 53-52 victory over the Mainland Tactix in Christchurch.

The Steel were trailing by six goals heading into the final quarter.

But they fought their way back into the contest on the back of a gutsy effort from goal shooter Jennifer O'Connell.

She limped off in the second quarter after a heavy collision with Tactix defender Temalisi Fakahokotau.

O'Connell returned with a bandaged thigh to feature in the final quarter surge for the visitors, capped by a Te Paea Selby-Rickit match-winner with 20 seconds left on the clock.

After a poor start to the season, the Steel have forged a six-win, two loss record to put some heat on the Central Pulse, who lost their first game of the season to the Northern Mystics on Sunday.