SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oracle Team USA's heart-stopping victory in Race 4 of the America's Cup may have saved the event as well as the syndicate's chances to retain the oldest trophy in international sports.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill aggressively sailed Oracle's 72-foot catamaran to an eight-second victory against Emirates Team New Zealand in lively conditions on San Francisco Bay on Sunday.

The victory came after the American syndicate let the New Zealand boat come from behind to win Race 3.

Oracle trails the best-of-17 series 3 to minus-1. It was docked two points in the biggest cheating scandal in the regatta's history.

Monday was a lay day. Oracle was out on the bay working on improving its performance upwind, where the Kiwis have shown better boat speed.