The Panthers Tarsha Gale Cup side has bounced back to form with a 44-32 victory over Canberra Raiders at Raiders Belconnen on Saturday.
After a narrow opening round loss to Wests Tigers, the Panthers were desperate for a victory that would get their premiership defence back on track.
However early errors undermined Penrith's efforts and Canberra ran in four tries before halftime.
The Panthers improved their completion rate after the break and momentum swung towards the visiting side.
In the end Penrith scored five second half tries, while conceding only two, to secure the victory and the vital competition points.
"We made things harder for ourselves by handing over possession on too many occasions," coach Robbie Taylor said.
"The good news is we have no trouble scoring points once we hang onto the ball.
"Our strong finish to take the win shows what we're capable of as a team."
The Panthers Tarsha Gale Cup side takes on Parramatta at St Marys Leagues Stadium on Saturday.