Eoin Morgan scored a stunning hundred to help England complete their highest run-chase in one-day international history and set up a series decider with New Zealand after a seven-wicket victory at Trent Bridge.
The captain made 113 amid a third wicket partnership worth 198 with fellow centurion Joe Root (106 not out) to level the series at 2-2 going into the fifth one-day game in Durham on 20 June as England chased down 350 to win with another breathtaking batting display.
Kane Williamson (90) once again starred for the Kiwis and Martin Guptill (53) and Grant Elliot (55 not out) both made half centuries as they recovered from an uncertain start to post 349 for 7 from their 50 overs.
But England made a mockery of the daunting total with a batting performance which was once again in stark contrast to their showings at the World Cup and works as another cause for optimism.
Openers Alex Hales (67) and Jason Roy (38) defied a rain break to put on 97 inside 10 overs to set England on their way but upon their departure Root and Morgan guided England home to the brink of the impressive win before Ben Stokes' cameo (19 not out) saw them home with ease.
"Full credit to the boys, we set the tone early playing unbelievable cricket," Morgan said.
"We thought their score was 25 over par but we played out of our skins. I thought our bowling was reasonable, we tried to be flexible and change our plans and angles but we got together after drinks and said if we can keep them to around 340 we can chase that down.
"[Mark Wood] Woody and [Steven] Finn were outstanding. The carefree attitude is helping my batting, concentrating on the process rather than the result and I've really enjoyed going up to number four. I still think the style is most important than the result now up at Durham. It's very encouraging at the moment."