The Swedish mixed relay team secured a much needed win to close the gap on Norway in the Nations Cup standings ©Nordic Focus/FIS

The Swedish team claimed victory in the mixed 4x5km relay classic free discipline at the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) Cross-Country World Cup in Falun.

The team was made up of Calle Halfvarsson, Moa Ilar, Edvin Anger and Jonna Sundling, who led the host nation to their first win of the weekend.

Sundling, who went last, was 2.6 seconds behind first-place Italy and in fourth-place heading into the final leg as she made a comeback to win the race, 4.6 seconds ahead of second-place Norway.

The Norwegians won the last mixed relay World Cup event that was held in December in Beitostølen, Norway.

In third were Germany, who finished 6.4 seconds behind the leaders, while Norway's second team were 0.1 seconds away from a podium position.

"It's so nice (to win), especially with these guys," said Sundling.

"It was good. 

"I had some power in the legs left in the end that I could use.

"It was my third competition (in three days) so I didn't know how my body was going to feel at the end of this, but it was good."

Halfvarsson, who went first for Sweden, gave them the lead after the first five kilometres despite the fast tempo.

"Ben (Ogden) made a crazy tempo at the beginning, so it was a tough one," Halfvarsson said.

In the overall Nations Cup, Norway are ahead with 14,839 points after 62 of the 70 events were played, while Sweden are in second with 10,603 and the United States are third with 7,588.