Havant’s men climbed into third place and Fareham restarted their season in style – as both sides registered EHL Conference West victories.
Fareham entertained fellow mid-table side Whitchurch at Henry Cort College.
And they made it three wins from four with a 6-4 success in a thrilling encounter.
The fuse was lit with a goal at either end in the opening four minutes.
Adam Barker put the visitors ahead with a cross-shot which soared past George Harris and into the Fareham net.
Fareham’s response was immediate – Shaun Baker finishing off a slick left-flank move.
Richard Jenkins was the architect behind the 15th-minute strike by Kent Langridge that gave Fareham the lead.
And with four minutes of an absorbing first half remaining, Ben Hibberd beat the advancing Iwan Williams to give Fareham a 3-1 lead.
Whitchurch’s Joe Naughalty lashed home a rebound to make it 3-2, meaning the next goal would be crucial.
Fareham got it through Peel, who completed a well-worked move to make it 4-2 and then added a fifth after some fine set-up play by Langridge.
Whitchurch refused to lie down, with Naughalty cleverly lobbing the on-coming Harris to throw the Cardiff visitors a lifeline.
John Grice added a Fareham sixth, but Naughalty clawed the deficit back to 6-4 in the final minute.
Havant, meanwhile, travelled to take on struggling Lichfield.
And having not won since November, it was a crucial encounter for the team.
A battling performance saw them record a 2-1 triumph and climb up to third in the table.
The result leaves Havant 11 points adrift of top spot – and just three points ahead of sixth-placed Fareham.