Goals from Godwin Obinze, Bernard Ovoke and Guy Kuemian were all Rivers United required in a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Warri Wolves in a Nigeria Professional Football League game decided at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt on Saturday.
United were without captain, Festus Austin who failed a late fitness test following the injury he picked up a week ago.
In his absence, United struggled initially to assert themselves at the rear and conceded in the 28th minute when the impressive Kelvin Itoya struck unerringly to hand the visitors a shock lead.
United however reacted gamely and struck back with two goals before the half was up.
Obinze surprised everyone in the stadium with an absolute belter from range for his first goal of the season to level matters in the 34th minute.
Six minutes later, United edged ahead through pin up boy, Ovoke who fired home from close range to send the visitors reeling.
Kuemian headed home a late third for the hosts following an intelligent delivery by left back, Ofem Inah.
Technical manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma expressed satisfaction with the performance of his charges.
“It was not easy but I thank the players for their character. It was impressive coming from behind to win in such a resounding manner.
“However, it is not over yet because the other clubs around us are very close,” he told RIVERS UNITED MEDIA.
Rivers United have now moved to the top of the NPFL standings with 56 points from 33 matches.