World and Commonwealth champions Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms helped England to a 3-2 win over Germany in the Yonex International in Preston on Thursday.
Emms and Robertson secured the vital final point against Germany
They beat Kristof Hopp and Juliane Schenk 21-14 21-11 to seal the win.
Emms also partnered Donna Kellogg, in her 70th international, to a 21-13 21-14 victory over Nicole Grether and Schenk in the women's doubles.
England lost both the men's and women's singles, but Robert Blair and Anthony Clark won their doubles.
Blair and Clark saw off the challenge of Michael Fuchs and Hopp 21-17 21-6 in the men's doubles.
But the singles proved to be something of a weak link for England with national champion Elizabeth Cann losing out 21-13 21-10 to world bronze medallist and European champion Xu Huaiwen.
And European junior champion Rajiv Ouseph, making his international debut, started well against Bjoern Joppien but trailed off to lose 21-13 21-14.
The sides last met at last year's European Championships in the Netherlands when England fought back to beat them in the bronze medal play-offs.
The match was played under the new 3x21 rally point-scoring system.