The stage has been set for Brisbane Roar to put one hand on the A-League minor premiership with a win in next round's clash with Western Sydney - two months before the finals begin.
For the second straight week, Brisbane came from behind to seal a 2-1 win over Central Coast Mariners in their top four clash at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
It extended the Roar's ladder lead over the Wanderers to seven points with a game in hand.
If the minor premiership picture wasn't already clear with 10 regular season rounds still left, the Roar look set to make it pretty obvious with a win on Friday night away to Western Sydney.
Not that Roar coach Mike Mulvey was letting on.
"We are not worried about points. We just want to win our home games," he said of the minor premiership.
"What do we have, six left?"
But he made it clear what rivals could expect in the coming weeks.
"We play without fear so why not go for a win?" he said.
"Why settle for second best? Let's go for the full Monty."
Mulvey thought they received a worthy pre-finals hit-out against Central Coast who defied the departures of Trent Sainsbury (Dutch club PEC Zwolle) and veteran striker Daniel McBreen (Shanghai SIPG) to challenge the runaway leaders.
"Isn't that the beauty of football, two good teams having a go at each other?" he said.
Mariners coach Phil Moss was proud of the fight shown by his side but wasn't happy about the 4pm AEST kick-off.
"Why play at 4pm when it is the only game on today," he said.
"I just don't get it with the heat and the humidity. I think the quality of the game would have lifted if it was cooler.
"It is something that has to be rectified."
Another talking point was the fallout of the second-last Jets' sensational 2-2 draw with last season's minor premiers Western Sydney in Newcastle on Saturday night.
Jets coach Clayton Zane suggested that they would contest the red card slapped on new signing Joel Griffiths as he took issue with referee Ben Williams after a last gasp incident in which Newcastle's Adam Taggart was upended by Wanderers keeper Ante Covic.
And Zane also announced the signing of Socceroo David Carney for the remainder of the season.
The Jets next take on Wellington which ended Adelaide's seven-match unbeaten run with a 2-1 home win on Saturday night.
Wellington are now one point outside the top six after five wins and a draw in their last seven matches.
On Friday night, Perth Glory salvaged a 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium while a 10-man Melbourne Heart defied the odds to produce their second win in a famous 2-1 victory over Sydney FC at AAMI Park.