Wellington Phoenix inflicted a second successive 3-0 defeat of second placed Melbourne Victory on Sunday night at AAMI Park.
Roly Bonevacia scored a brace and Shane Smeltz scored a late goal in what was arguably their most impressive display of the season.
On the other hand Victory with second spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder guaranteed, had most of the possession but failed to translate that into genuine chances to score.
Dutch born Bonevacia opened the scoring in the 9th minute after his shot from well out the box finds the bottom left corner of the net.
He done the same again in the 26th minute to double the lead. In the 69th minute Gui Finkler came off the pitch for Smeltz. His last minute goal came 20 minutes later with an easy tap in.
The win sees Phoenix 4 points off Perth Glory in the sixth and final play-off spot with two games remaining.
Meanwhile during the other Sunday night match, Brisbane Roar thrashed Central Coast Mariners 5-0 at Suncorp Stadium.
Socceroo Jamie Maclaren was the star of the match bagging his third career hat-trick in a touch over eight minutes to seal the win and to see him move level top in the golden boot race on 18 goals for the campaign.
Mariners had opened the scoring in the 49th minute after Jade North opened the door for Fabio Ferreira to take a clean shot from the edge of the penalty box that was too good for outstretched Jamie Young.
Maclaren opened his account with the first of his hat-trick in the 62nd minute. Thomas Broich made it 4 before Nicholas D’Agostino made it 5 with a marvellous curling effort from outside of the box, the goal of the night.
Brisbane’s stunning comeback sees them move three points clear in third, while the Mariners remain at the foot of the ladder.