SKA, recovering from the Russian Classic defeat to CSKA Moscow on Thursday, managed to beat HC Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2:1 at the Saint Petersburg Ice Palace to get back to winning ways in the 2019/2020 KHL regular season.
In the second period, Artyom Zub opened the scoring, as he stuffed the puck over the line at point blank range.
Nevertheless, Metallurg equalised at the start of the third frame, with Dennis Rasmussen hitting the target on the powerplay.
SKA, however, quickly reinstated the lead as Dmitry Kagarlitsky tipped Zub's effort beyond Vasily Demchenko.
Magnus Hellberg stopped 22 of 23 Metallurg shots.
On December 25, SKA will return to KHL action with a match against HC Barys in Kazakhstan.
SKA - Metallurg Magnitogorsk - 2:1 (0:0, 1:0, 1:1)
1:0 Zub (Kemppainen, Tkachyov), 24.27
1:1 Rasmussen (Nestrasil, Loktionov), 41.47
2:1 Kagarlitsky (Yakupov, Zub), 43.53
Goalkeepers: Hellberg - Demchenko
Shots on target: 34 - 23
Faceoffs: 38 - 21
Hits: 18 - 12
Penalty minutes: 2 - 4