Canada registered their first win at the Azlan Shah Cup when they defeated a spirited Japan 3-1.
It was clinical finishing that ensured Canada the win as Japan muffed chances they created.
Both the teams had yet to register a win after two days of competition.
Japan lost narrowly 2-1 to India and 4-3 to Malaysia, with all of their goals via penalty corners.
While Canada held New Zealand to a 1-1 draw, having lost 3-1 to Pakistan in the opening day.
After a rather cautious opening quarter, Japan had a chance to take the lead when awarded two penalty corners in the 21st minute but failed to concert.
Canada scored two goals with Mark Pearson scoring in the 34th minute and Gabriel Ho Garxia netting the second a minute later.
Japan reduced the deficit as Hiroki Sakamto was the first to pounce on a penalty corner rebound in the 42nd minute.
But Canada regained their two goal advantage as skipper Scott Tupper scored a delightful penalty corner just before the hooter of the third quarter.
Japan wasted a total of seven penalty corners in the match, scoring just one after an impressive display in their opening two matches where they scored four goals from six awarded.