Sjoeke Nusken scored twice to help Chelsea defeat Brighton 4-2 and move to the top of the Women’s Super League.
In the 10th minute, Pauline Bremer, a summer addition for the Seagulls, headed home Katie Robinson’s precise cross to give the team the lead against the flow of play at Kingsmeadow.
The hosts were held at bay by the visitors’ superb rearguard effort up until the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time, when Nusken headed in Jess Carter’s cross after Sophie Baggaley had made a number of great saves.
The German midfielder gave her team the lead in the 52nd minute, and the floodgates looked set to open following Guro Bergsvand’s own goal in the 74th minute.
Goals from substitutes Aggie Beever-Jones and Brighton’s Elisabeth Terland in the 82nd and 89th minutes, respectively, capped off a frantic finale as Emma Hayes’ side went level on points with first-placed Manchester City on Sunday.
Chelsea nearly took the lead in the sixth minute as Fran Kirby curled a sumptuous effort onto the crossbar, but it was the visitors who stunned the home side.
Following neat interplay out from defence, Robinson drilled an inch-perfect pass across the six-yard box and Bremer was on hand to tap home to silence the crowd.
Despite being behind, the hosts reasserted their dominance and were a whisker away from an equaliser through Nusken, only for Baggaley to make a superb fingertip save.
The former Manchester United stopper then expertly denied Kirby when the England international was through on goal, before doing the same to keep out Sam Kerr from close range.