Graham Reid is looking to put his disastrous 2016 Rio campaign for Kookaburras behind him, and work forward with India after qualifying into next year's even with victories over Russia in the Olympic Qualifiers.
The Indian women's hockey team has qualified for the Olympics for only the third time. However, they were down by 4 goals before captain Rani Rampal came to the rescue with 12 minutes left on the clock on Saturday.
Despite the gorge in world rankings, Russia dished out a fighting effort to surprise the hosts and keep the difference of goals to just two, after Mandeep Singh had bagged a brace with Harmanpreet Singh and SV Sunil, both bagging one each.
After Gurjit Kaur's brace and goals from Lilima Minz, Sharmila Devi and Navneet Kaur, India now need to defend their four-goal advantage in Saturday's second leg against USA to seal their Tokyo 2020 ticket.
Although India took an early lead through their penalty corner specialist, Gurjit Kaur, in the ninth minute, the hosts equalised in the 16th minute, before Gurjit scored the winner in the third quarter to win the match.