Ewelina Kobryn had 12 points and eight rebounds upon her return
A scorching start proved vital for Jacek Winnicki and his Poland players who collected a hard-fought and precious 68-59 Group A success against Slovenia in the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualification Round.
The visitors made a strong start count after they raced out of the blocks to find their offensive rhythm from the outset.
This helped them to forge a 23-13 advantage via a score by Martyna Koc, a basket which was part of a sparkling 13-2 run across the first and second quarter break.
With Poland in the ascendency, Slovenia struggled to find a stable foothold in the game but did enough to reduce the damage.
Down by six points heading into the second half of the contest, Slovenia continued in their quest to erase the arrears, but Poland were able to keep them at arms' length for much of the third quarter.
It wasn't until Teja Oblak scored six consecutive points for Slovenia that they were able to finally apply some pressure to their opponents, notably making it a one-shot game at 50-48 early in the final period.
However Poland wrestled the momentum away from Slovenia down the stretch when they cranked up their defensive effort.
This, combined with some Slovenian foul trouble, facilitated seven unanswered points - a run which gave them the impetus required to edge to victory.
Justyna Zurowska top scored for Poland with 14 points, while Ewelina Kobryn made her eagerly awaited return to the national team, and added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Nika Baric contributed 19 points in defeat, while 18-year-old rising star Eva Lisec had 13 boards.
It was a bitter-sweet victory for Poland, as Magdalena Skorek went down with an injury and had to be carried out in the third quarter.