A last-minute try from Cory Paterson helped Leigh end a traumatic week on a high with a 36-28 win over Sheffield Eagles at Leigh Sports Village.
The Eagles fought back from 26-10 down to level at 28-28 but Martyn Ridyard, a late inclusion in a Leigh side lacking both Rangi Chase and a suspended Ryan Brierley, edged the Centurions back in front with a second penalty three minutes from the end and Paterson then went over to clinch a third win of the season.
Rob Worrincy and Quentin Laulu-Togagae both scored two tries for the visitors while Papua New Guinea centre Menzie Yere touched down for the sixth successive match.
Scrum-half Lewis Charnock, signed on a month’s loan from St Helens, scored on his debut for Leigh, whose other tries came from captain Micky Higham, Dane Weston, Adam Higson and Reni Maitua.
Leigh: Harper, Owen, Higson, Whiting, Pownall, Ridyard, Charnock, Moimoi, Higham, Weston, Hansen, Hock, Paterson. Substitutes: Foster, Spencer, Maitua, Emmitt.
Sheffield: Laulu-Togagae, Worrincy, Yere, Tyson, Blackmore, Aston, Hewitt, Wheeldon, Carlile, Neal, Knowles, Straughier, James. Substitutes: Fozard, Stringer, Minchella, Mexico.
Referee: C Kendall (RFL).
Bradford Bulls saw their Championship match at Oldham postponed due to a frozen pitch in Lancashire. Bradford’s next game is away to Batley Bulldogs next Sunday.
Newcastle opened their Kingstone Press League 1 season with a 30-22 win at Oxford.
Sam Luckley, Craig Cook, Dan Parker, Lee Paterson and Vincent Rennie went over for Newcastle’s tries.
Elsewhere, North Wales Crusaders slipped to a 37-18 home defeat to Barrow.