Luke Donald scored the first point on the final day of the Ryder Cup to keep the European dream of victory alive.
Donald set a perfect tone for the holders with a 2&1 win over Bubba Watson in the top singles match.
With Europe needing to win eight points on the final day to retain the trophy, world number three Donald birdied two of the first four holes, then held off a late Watson fightback before sealing victory at the par-three 17th.
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Paul Lawrie was the next to register on the scoreboard beating Brandt Snedeker 5&3 quickly followed by Rory McIlroy who saw off Keegan Bradley 2&1.
Earlier Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal told his team not to give up hope as the players took to the course for the final day of play at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois.
Europe started the 12 singles matches 10-6 behind - needed to equal the biggest comeback in the competition's history if they are to take the trophy back home.
The US need just four-and-a-half more points, as holders Europe need to reach 14 points to retain the trophy.