Captain Suresh Raina kick-started Gujarat Lions' campaign by masterminding a four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders, to dampen the mood at Eden Gardens.
Raina paced his classy 84 off 46 balls perfectly as Lions eclipsed Kolkata's 187-5 - their highest score in IPL 10 - by scoring 188-6 in 18.2 overs to lift his side off the bottom of the table and, perhaps, renew hopes of a top-four finish.
Chris Woakes (1-20) ended up on the losing side despite picking up the key wicket of Brendon McCullum (33 off 17) with only his second ball.
Kolkata had breezed to a 10-wicket victory when the sides met in match three of the tournament and were promptly invited to bat after losing the toss.
Sunil Narine (42 off 17 balls) gave the hosts an explosive start, pillaging four boundaries off James Faulkner's first over of the tournament - the left-armer making a belated entrance to IPL 10 in place of Andrew Tye - as the hosts rocketed to 29-0 off two overs.
The West Indian justified the decision to promote him up the order again, despatching the ball until he was a fraction early on a Suresh Raina delivery and holed out.
Robin Uthappa (72 off 48) continued the theme, bringing up the hundred off 10.1 overs with a savage flat six over midwicket off Dhawal Kulkarni, and added 69 in 8.1 overs with Gautam Gambhir (33 off 28).
Gujarat, again opting not to select Jason Roy, almost matched their opponents at the top of the innings as Aaron Finch (31 off 12) powered Lions to 41-0 off three overs - spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Narine feeling the brunt of his blade.
Pace provided the breakthrough - Nathan Coulter-Nile hurrying his fellow Australian into a miscue with a well-directed short ball - only for the wicket to spark the slumbering McCullum into life.
With Gujarat on 62-1 off five overs the covers came on due to the lightest of drizzle; the visitors were 21 ahead of a par score at that point but a re-start was never in doubt, the covers swiftly coming off and forcing Sky Sports reporter Mark Butcher to show some nifty footwork on the boundary's edge.
Woakes was finally called into the attack in the seventh over and picked up the key wicket of McCullum, caught at deep cover, and 73-2 became 81-2 when Dinesh Karthik was caught off Coulter-Nile off a leading edge.
But Raina worked the ball around with consummate skill even after seeing Umesh Yadav clean out Dwayne Smith to make it 122-5 - the skipper finishing with four sixes and nine fours.