Henrik Stenson drew a blank on the first two days, but Continental Europe's top-ranked player looked determined to change things when The Vivendi Trophy with Seve Ballesteros resumed in Paris.
With Great Britain & Ireland leading 6-4 overnight World Number Five Stenson was given his third different partner in fellow Swede Peter Hanson.
He had been defeated with Robert Karlsson and Alvaro Quiros in fourballs, but this time it was greensomes - both players drive and then choose one ball - and after nine holes they were one up on Northern Irish duo Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy.
Twenty year old McIlroy struck first with a ten foot birdie putt, but Stenson hit his tee shot to within three feet of the flag on the difficult 209 yard third and then made a 25 footer at the next.
Behind them, though, Karlsson and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño lost the first two holes to Robert Rock and Nick Dougherty.
They bogeyed the first after Karlsson flew over the green and then Dougherty made an 18 footer for birdie at the second.
Anders Hansen and Francesco Molinari also bogeyed the first, but so did their opponents Ross Fisher and Chris Wood and it remained all square after seven.
Oliver Wilson and Simon Dyson had won their opening two matches and were kept together by captain Paul McGinley, but Dyson missed the green on the first and after Wilson's chip went ten feet past they bogeyed and fell one down to Quiros and his fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez.