The Newcastle Jets kept their top-six hopes alive with a crushing 4-0 victory over a depleted Wellington Phoenix outfit on Friday night.
The Jets are priced at 4/1 to make the six and play finals and gave themselves a much-needed lift with the three points at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The Jets failed to get going in the first half but the game exploded into life after the break once Olivier Boumal grabbed the opening goal in the 51st minute.
Boumal then got his second 12 minutes later, before Beka Mikeltadze and Eli Babalj completed the scoring, much to the delight of coach Arthur Papas.
"The first half, I didn't feel that we had enough energy when we had the ball ... ," Jets coach Arthur Papas said. "We were a bit lethargic in the way we were moving the ball.
"We spoke about our intention with the ball and when we did press, to press more aggressively together."
Wellington were without a host of key players due to international call-ups and injuries, but coach Ufuk Talay felt they were right in the game until the second goal went in.
"I thought we started the game well. First half was quite good," coach Ufuk Talay said.
"Second half started we had a good opportunity to maybe take the lead and then we conceded a goal and we showed our naivety; when it was 1-0, when we were still in the game, we give the ball away and we concede the second."