Ian Poulter helped Great Britain and Ireland hit back in the Seve Trophy - but only after a telling-off from skipper Colin Montgomerie.
Poulter was criticised for practising instead of supporting his team-mates on day one but teamed up with Nick Dougherty for a valuable win on Friday.
The English duo crushed Jean-Francois Remesy and Thomas Levet 5&4.
But Continental Europe still lead 6-4 after Bradley Dredge paid the price for having too many clubs in his bag.
Dredge and Stephen Dodd had to concede the first hole of their match against Maarten Lafeber and Emanuele Canonica, eventually losing on the final green.
"It was a sickening feeling when I saw the four-wood was still in the bag," said Dredge, who had 15 clubs in the bag instead of just 14.
"I thought it meant I was out of the hole and Steve could continue, but then the referee said it was loss of hole.
"It was really annoying to give a hole away cheaply like that - that was the difference.
"Normally we are very careful. Because of the wind we put a two-iron in the bag, but walking up the first we realised the four-wood was still there."
Poulter came under fire for choosing to work on his game rather than join the rest of the team around the 18th green as the first day's play reached a vital conclusion.
"He was the only man who was not with his team," said Montgomerie.
"That's fine, but there are times to work on your game and we all felt that was not the appropriate time."
After combining with Dougherty for a win over Remesy and Levet, Poulter had the chance to put his side of the story.
"Nobody is going to be happy, are they?" he said.
"Monty came over and said (Padraig) Harrington wasn't overly happy that I was hitting balls while they were playing, even though I had stopped in between all of their putts.
"That's fine. Absolutely fine. No problems whatsoever. I felt I needed to hit a few golf balls. Maybe I should have done it after everyone had finished."
There were also wins for David Howell and Paul Casey, who beat Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal 5&4, and Harrington and Paul McGinley, who saw off Niclas Fasth and Peter Hanson 3&1.
But Montgomerie and Graeme McDowell, the home team's only winners on day one at The Wynyard in County Durham, were defeated 3&2 by Thomas Bjorn and Henrik Stenson.