England have their tails up going into the one-day cricket international showdown against New Zealand here Saturday as they look to square the series in what promises to be a high-scoring spectacle.
Salvaging an unlikely tie in the fourth match has given the tourists the impetus they need to believe they can level the five-ODI series, according to match hero Luke Wright.
Bowling his first over of the game and final over of the fourth match in Napier on Wednesday, Wright's six yorkers pinned down Jamie How and Daniel Vettori in a frantic finish.
Wright, who conceded just six runs when New Zealand needed seven to win the match and the series, said achieving a tie against improbable odds was as good as a win.
"From six or seven overs out the series was gone so to get a tie, we hopefully take a bit of momentum now, win the last game, and drawing the series will be a good result after the first two games," he said.
New Zealand are in an unbeatable position, having won the first two matches and leading the series 2-1, but England believe the hosts were wounded psychologically by the way they stumbled in Napier.
"If we'd got in that position and got a tie it would have been pretty devastating," said the 22-year-old Wright.
"To go into the last game with the series alive is obviously the worst scenario for them, but we can take a lot of credit from the way we've fought back."
But New Zealand's leading all-rounder Jacob Oram admits that while his side were shaken by the failed chase for 341 runs on a good batting pitch, he believes the depression will have lifted by the time the final match starts.
"It was such a rollercoaster -- to tie a match that felt like a loss," he said.
"It was depressing, but Saturday's another game. We can either draw the series or win the series. The silver lining is we can't lose the series but if you're going to be positive it's about winning it.
"The guys will be fine for it, there's no question about it."
Christchurch has had more than four times its average February rainfall so far this month, but AMI Stadium manager Chris Lewis said the drop-in wicket should be full of runs.
"It should be good," he said but added that it may not have the zip of the Napier wicket, which produced 680 runs.
However, several matches at the stadium have seen sides post more than 300 in an innings in recent years, notably in the 2005-06 season when Australia scored 331 and New Zealand reached 332 for eight with an over to spare.