Forward Brett Perlini says the whole squad has “worked their socks off” to put Great Britain one point from the gold medal and promotion to the top level of the World Championship.

Last night’s thrilling 4-3 victory over the world’s 16th seeds Italy means GB have won three of their four matches at the Division 1 Group A tournament in Budapest.

Not since 1994 have GB played in the elite level of World Championship ice hockey and they are in touching distance of back-to-back gold medals after their promotion from Division 1 Group B last season.

“It is unbelievable how hard everyone has worked on this trip,” said the Nottingham Panthers forward.

“It has been a team effort and we keep finding ways to win. The spirit in this side is amazing.”

The 27-year-old is playing in his first World Championship for GB and is now the leading goalscorer at the tournament with four goals, although he was keen to stress it is a team effort.

“It is great to be scoring goals but everyone is playing their part from front to back,” added Perlini.

“We realise we can do something special on the final day but, no matter what happens, it has been an amazing experience.”

GB play their final game against Hungary this afternoon (Saturday) and face-off is 7:30pm (6:30pm UK time).