A sensational strike from teenager Tomas Rogic, and a text-book header from Patrick Zwaanswijk were enough for the Central Coast Mariners to down the Wellington Phoenix 2-0 at Bluetongue Stadium.
The victory breaks the Mariners two game A-League losing streak, and also ends Wellington's recent run of good form on the road.
The Mariners dominated the fixture from the opening whistle with Rogic, midfielder Michael McGlinchey and English striker John Sutton, in his A-League debut, all threatening early.
The Phoenix barely threatened in the opening half, with Chris Greenacre's 21st minute volley that sailed over as close as the visitors got.
Rogic broke the deadlock early in the second half with a curling effort from the edge of the area that gave Phoenix goalkeeper Mark Paston no chance.
From there the Phoenix rallied, with Greenacre drawing a good save from Justin Pasfield before Mariners skipper Alex Wilkinson's crucial challenge halted another promising attack by the New Zealand-based club.
And the table-topping Mariners sealed the win with seven minutes remaining when defender Zwaanswijk headed home his sixth goal of the campaign.
Central Coast coach Graham Arnold was mostly pleased after the match but was disappointed that his side couldn't take full advantage of early opportunities.
"I thought the football performance tonight was first class. It's great to see us play like that again," said Arnold.
After only arriving in the country just over a week ago, Arnold was pleased with the efforts of Sutton who managed to play 88 minutes before being replaced.
"I knew what I was getting, and he's the type of player I wanted to give us something totally different to what we've got," Arnold said.
"After Matty Simon left we didn't really have the type of player who could hold the ball up.
"The boys have only had two or three real good tactical sessions with him since he has been here, but I thought his performance was excellent."
Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert believes that resilience is the key for his side to get over the result.
"I thought we lacked around the pitch tonight," Herbert said.
"They are a good side and as I said to Arnie after the game tonight we were probably lucky that they only got two.
"I think we were flat. We were a yard away from the ball, and just never really gave ourselves a chance to get some fluency in the game."