Great Britain extended their winning start in the mixed curling competition at the Beijing Winter Olympics with a 6-4 win over Canada on Thursday.

Jennifer Dodds rested her last shot on top of two Canadian stones in the final end and Rachel Homan’s failure with an attempted take-out sealed the British win.

It was another encouraging display from Dodds and Bruce Mouat, the defending world champions, who started their campaign with victory over Sweden on Wednesday evening.

Bruce Mouat and Jennifer DoddsBruce Mouat and Jennifer Dodds were due to return later on Thursday (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Dodds said: “I think it was a step up from last night’s game. We figured out the ice a bit better and it stayed the same speed through the whole game.

“If you said at the start of the week that we were going to be 2-0 having played two great teams in Sweden and Canada, I think anyone in the field would take that.”

Dodds and Mouat returned to the ice on Thursday evening and suffered their first defeat, a narrow 8-7 loss to Switzerland in their third round-robin game.