A first-minute goal from Aaron Calver sent Sydney FC on their way to a 3-1 victory over Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.
Strikes from Adam le Fondre and the returning Siem de Jong sealed the three points for the Sky Blues after Eric Bautheac had equalised for the Roar.
It kept Steve Corica's second-placed side in the hunt for a third consecutive Premiers' Plate.
The visitors won for just the third time in 18 visits to the venue, while struggling Brisbane were left to rue a nightmare start.
The home side fell asleep when the Sky Blues had a free-kick in the opening seconds, leaving Calver unmarked to head against the underside of the crossbar and in.
Alex Brosque was just wide with a cheeky backheel on the half-hour mark, then saw Roar keeper Jamie Young tip his shot around the post in the second half.
Brisbane levelled soon after, as Nick D'Agostino played a superb ball into the centre where Bautheac tapped home from close range.
De Jong, having been introduced from the bench by Corica, was denied by the post 13 minutes from time but the rebound fell for le Fondre to convert for his 15th goal of the campaign.
The three points were secured a minute from time when Dutchman De Jong, having been forced wide of goal, fooled Young with a shot inside his near post.
Joshua Brillante, who made his playing return after missing two games while discussing a potential move to South Korean side Pohang, said he was glad to be back on the pitch.
"My head is great at the moment," he added. "Obviously for a couple of weeks there was a bit of interest and I stepped out of the team because I didn't wanna stuff up the team.
"In football these things happens, there's a back and forth and it didn't work out so my head is here and I'm here to finish off the season and do everything I can."
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