Belgium led from start to finish and beat Ukraine on Wednesday to taste victory for the first time in Group C of EuroBasket Division A.
Needing to win to have a realistic chance of qualifying directly for next year's final round in Poland, the Belgians prevailed 72-61 with Christophe Beghin pouring in 16 points and pulling down six rebounds.
The result has left Belgium, Ukraine and France all with 1-2 records while Turkey are flying high at the top of the group at 3-0.
Belgium stunned Ukraine by scoring 10 straight points to open the game, only for the visitors to hit back with a 9-0 run themselves that was capped by an Artur Drozdov lay-up.
Drozdov would go on to score a game-high 27 points in defeat.
Aleksander Lichodzijewski calmed the Belgian nerves with a three-pointer and that started an 8-1 run that was capped by a Dimitri Lauwers shot from behind the arc.
After taking a 37-30 advantage to the break, Belgium saw Ukraine twice close the gap to just five points in the third quarter.
The home side managed to stay on top with a comfortable lead the rest of the way.
On two occasions, Ukraine were able to pull to within 10 points in the fourth quarter but the night belonged to Belgium.
Belgium forced Ukraine to commit 21 turnovers and also held them to only 34% from the field.
Lauwers chipped in 11 points for Belgium.
The hosts also got nine points and nine boards from Lichodzijewski.