U.S. men notch second straight victory

Updated: February 21, 2010, 2:19 AM ET
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- That's two wins in a row for the United States men's curlers following an 0-4 start.

Saturday's was an 8-7, extra-end victory over Sweden, thanks to the exceptional shot-making of Jason Smith.

A loss would all but have eliminated the Americans from medal contention.

Skip John Shuster returned to the lineup after being benched -- because of unreliable shot-making -- for the team's win over France on Friday.

Shuster won a bronze medal at the 2006 Turin Games, the first by the Americans in curling and first in a major men's competition since 1978.

The U.S. women also have won two straight matches after opening 0-3. Debbie McCormick's U.S. team beat Britain 6-5 in an extra 11th end Saturday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.