The Southern Kings bounced back from their hammering by the Waratahs by beating the Highlanders 34-27 in Port Elizabeth.
Both teams scored four tries each and earned the four try bonus point but Highlanders kicker Colin Slade had an off night with the boot and missed two conversion and a couple of penalties.
Southern Kings captain Luke Watson scored two tries to help his team become the only South African team to win in the round.
The Southern Kings held off a late surge from the Highlanders to win their third match of the season - and this time with a bonus point.
Leading 20-17 at halftime, the Kings produced one of their best periods in the tournament when they ran in tries by eighthman Cornel du Preez and scrumhalf Shaun Venter to take a commanding 34-17 lead in the second half.
However, the Highlanders were not prepared to lie down and an injection of fresh players from the bench saw them throw everything they could at the home side with 10 minutes to go which resulted in tries by centre Shaun Treeby and wing Hosea Gear.
Sadly for the visitors flyhalf Colin Slade was unable to convert those tries which left them still needing a converted try with five minutes remaining just to draw level.
The Highlanders continued their full frontal attack, but the Kings held them at bay in a tense finish, forcing a penalty after the hooter had gone to clinch their third victory of the season.
Du Preez was outstanding for the Kings and deservedly received the Man-of -the-Match award.
Kings flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis demonstrated his all-round skill with the boot, kicking four conversions and two penalties for a personal tally of 14 points.
He missed only a long-range penalty in the second half and also contributed well in general play.
The Kings controlled much of the first half and this resulted in the leading with score of 13-3 with six minutes remaining.
The Highlanders, however, showed just how dangerous they could be with tries by Slade and lock Brad Thorn in the space of three minutes to shoot ahead 17-13.
With little to lose, the Kings snatched back the lead when they opted for a lineout from a penalty within kicking distance and skipper Luke Watson crossed for his second try on the half-time hooter from a well-organised maul.
Earlier, Watson had scored his first try from a similar movement and he gave the sort of performance which suggested he is approaching his best form.
The Kings now have a break with a bye next weekend, while the Highlanders need to pick themselves for a showdown with the Bulls in Pretoria.
Final Score Southern Kings 34 (20) Highlanders 27 (17)
Tries - L.Watson 2, C.du Preez, S.Venter
Pen - D.Catrakilis 2
Con - D.Catrakilis 3
Tries - C.Slade, B Thorn, S.Treeby, H.Gear
Pen - C.Slade
Con - C.Slade 2
Cards - (Tamati Ellison 51st min)
Referee: Jason Jaftha
Assistant Ref 1:Sindile Mayende
Assistant Ref 2:Christie du Preez
TMO : Johann Meuwesen
George Whitehead, Marcello Sampson, Ronnie Cooke, Andries Strauss, Siyanda Grey, Demetri Catrakilis, Shaun Venter, Schalk Ferreira, Bandise Maku, AN Other, Wimpie van der Walt, Steven Sykes, David Bulbring, Luke Watson (captain), Cornell du Preez.
Replacements: Virgile Lacombe, AN Other, Daniel Adongo, Devin Oosthuizen, Nicolas Vergallo, Shane Gates, SP Marais.
Ben Smith, Tino Nemani, Tamati Ellison, Shaun Treeby, Hosea Gear, Colin Slade, Aaron Smith, TJ Ioane, John Hardie, Jarrad Hoeata, Josh Bekhuis, Brad Thorn, Chris King, Andrew Hore (capt), Tony Woodcock.
Replacements : Liam Coltman, Maafu Fia, Mose Tuialii, Joe Wheeler, Fumiaki Tanaka, Hayden Parker, Jason