A match-winning 96 from 56 balls by wicketkeeper-batsman Ben McDermott proved the difference on Monday night as the Hurricanes defeated Thunder with two overs to spare.
Hobart finished 4/181 in reply to Thunder's 5/177. Despite the loss, Thunder remain equal second on the BBL|10 table.
England International Sam Billings top-scored for Thunder with 50 from 34 balls in Canberra.
McDermott shared a 109-run partnership with England's Dawid Malan (42 from 28). The pair leading a recovery from 2/13.
Earlier, New Zealand pace ace Adam Milne (1-36) bowled Will Jacks with the first ball of the Hurricanes chase.
Leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha (2-45) claimed the wickets of Malan and McDermott taking him to 18 wickets in his debut BBL campaign.
Billings shared an important 68-run partnership with Thunder captain Callum Ferguson (23) after the loss of three wickets in the eighth over.
In the first seven overs, Alex Hales (29) and Usman Khawaja (27) made a fast start scoring 64.
Thunder travel to Adelaide for the second Sydney Smash of BBL|10 due to state border closures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The men in lime green will take on the Sydney Sixers at Adelaide Oval on Friday. Live on Fox Cricket, Kayo Sports and SEN radio.