Although they sit second, the U.S. champions were pleased with their overall score, 69.01.
"It must have been a little mistake that we didn't notice," White said of the Golden Waltz pattern.
"We're happy with the season's best, although it wasn't our best skate. We could have put it out there a little bit more. Otherwise it wasn't bad, technically it could have been a little bit better."
While the return of Virtue and Moir complicates the competitive picture, Davis and White said their sights remain on a first-ever U.S. world ice dance title.
"We've been working very hard all year and we're feeling very confident," Davis said. "Winning the world championships [held next month in Tokyo] is definitely still our main goal for this season and don't think the short dance today has changed that for us. We're feeling great."
The two top teams, who train together in Canton, Mich. under Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva, maintain a cordial rivalry and are good friends off of the ice.