Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell helped stem United States' fightback with impressive rallying efforts of their own at Gleneagles on Sunday.
With the visitors aiming to overturn a 10-6 deficit going into the final day of the 40th Ryder Cup, Tom Watson's side made steady progress to lead in six and trail in four after all 12 matches had got under way.
Aside from convincing leads for Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer over Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson respectively, the only plus points for Paul McGinley will have been the fightbacks from Rose and McDowell.
Rose was in fine form throughout the fourballs and foursomes on Friday and Saturday but started slowly on the final day.
The Englishman failed to get on the board until the eighth by which time Hunter Mahan had birdied the first before moving 4up through seven.
However, Mahan found water at the ninth with Rose going on to win four holes in a row to make it all square through 11.
Likewise, McDowell's early putting will have been a cause for concern against Jordan Spieth but the Northern Irishman recovered from 3down through five to all square through 12.
When Spieth bogeyed the 13th, McDowell led for the first time to help curtail the US fightback.
Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson and Jimmy Walker will all be eager to boost their narrow one-hole leads with Zach Johnson and Victor Dubuisson all square through three.