Will Power kept himself in the championship battle with Marcus Ericsson on Sunday, by recovering from 27th to finish on the podium at Mid-Ohio.
After impeding Helio Castroneves' lap in qualifying, the No.12 Verizon Team Penske-Chevrolet was relegated to 21st on the grid, and a torrid start to the race only saw him drop further back.
Looking to make a strong start and gain positions, Power had to take evasive action against Takumo Sato in 19th and ended up spinning in the first lap, which saw him rejoin the race in 27th.
But with a car that showed plenty of pace during practice and qualifying, Power continued to cut through the field, and landed himself in 23rd by lap nine.
A solid pit stop under caution helped him to 18th, before a number of well-taken restarts closed the field and help Power up to fourth. On the final restart, Power took advantage of his fresh alternate-compound Firestone to soar past Rinus VeeKay to claim third.
After what was his seventh top-five finish of the season, Power now finds himself just 20 points behind championship leader Marcus Ericsson.
"I spun, kept it running and had passed a few cars then and then pitted, went to the back, and then yeah, just started passing cars. Good pit stop sequence.
"The yellows hurt us actually for the sequences, but helped us for restarts: we had some good restarts, definitely gained positions.
"Solid - another great day, good strategy, and yeah, keeping ourselves right in the points game."
Power admitted that he believed he was helped in the race by having the fastest car on grid.
"I definitely feel like we had the fastest car because in the second practice I had left three tenths on the table. I was up three tenths and the throttle broke, and then obviously in qualifying we had our issue.
"We had the fastest car and it really hurts to give up a chance at a pole or potentially a win, but to get back to third, you're not [going to be] looking back on those days saying that's why we lost a championship."
Power said he regarded his progress up the order as "fun", but only after the race because "you're so focused during the race."
He continued: "The enjoyment of a skill is executing it the best you possibly can. I enjoy it a lot. I enjoy qualifying, putting it all together over a whole race weekend. When you have a day like that, it makes you want to keep going for a long time."