Surbiton’s men had to come from behind twice before winning 4-3 at home to Beeston on Saturday night at Sugden Road.
Dave Beckett opened the scoring in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division match from open play in the 18th minute.
But nine minutes later, Beeston had fought back to lead 2-1, Mark Gleghorne and Stuart Pilgrim both converting penalty corners in the 26th and 27th minutes respectively.
Matt Daly brought Surbiton back on level terms two minutes before the interval from open play to make the half time score 2-2 and leave all to play for in the second half.
Gleghorne struck again in the 54th minute, converting another penalty corner to put Beeston back in front 3-2, with his twelfth league goal of the season.
However, Surbiton were not to be denied and three minutes later, Rupert Shipperley equalised from open play before Daly scored the winning goal from a penalty corner with just four minutes to play.
Surbiton will go into 2016 just trailing Holcombe on goal difference at the top of the table.
Holcombe won 3-2 at Cannock, Barry Middleton scoring the decisive goal with two minutes remaining after Cannock had come from behind twice to level.
Canterbury earned their first point of the season in a 2-2 home draw with East Grinstead, but trail ninth placed Cannock by ten points. Beeston are also on eleven points but have a superior goal difference to Cannock.
On Sunday, Brooklands Manchester University host Hampstead & Westminster, and third plays fourth with Reading hosting Wimbledon.