It was a long time coming, but former England striker Emile Heskey finally broke his drought as the Newcastle Jets steam-rolled Wellington Phoenix 5-0 at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.
On a magical evening for the home side, Heskey scored his first goal in 13 months, Adam Taggart moved two goals clear in the race for the Golden Boot, Joel Griffiths scored in consecutive games and Ben Kennedy marked his return in goal with a clean sheet.
The upshot was that the Jets moved to 32 points on the table, leapfrogging Sydney FC into sixth on goal difference.
Finals destiny is now firmly in their own hands.
They next face the Glory at Perth, where their sole win was 1-0 triumph in the inaugural season, before home games against Melbourne Victory and Adelaide.
On Saturday night, the Jets dominated from the outset, but it was Heskey's goal in the 35th minute which sent them on their way.
From their fifth straight corner, David Carney fired a bullet across the goal mouth which was flicked on by Josh Mitchell.
The ball bounced up for Heskey at the back post to volley home.
Wellington held on until half-time; after it, the Jets exploded.
Griffiths made it 2-0 in the 46th minute, Taggart scored in 57th and 77th and substitute Michael Bridges produced a party trick in injury time to seal the Jets' biggest win in history.
Taggart's brace took him to 13 goals, two clear of Besart Berisha and David Williams.
Heskey, the Jets high-priced marquee, scored nine goals in his maiden campaign, the last of which was a 1-0 win over the Heart in round 21.
The start to this season was hindered by back to back knee injuries. He made one appearance in the starting side in the opening three months, but has been a constant since round 14.
The Jets had lost seven of the past 10 games against the Phoenix and have not picked up three points at home against the Kiwis since November 2012.
The playing surface had the appearance of a pimply-faced teenager – it was riddled with pot holes and divots which had been filled with sand and painted green.
But this did not hamper the Jets.
Ben Kennedy, who was promoted for his first game in 18 months for the dropped Mark Birighitti, had an easy night.
Phoenix's plan was clear: sit deep and hit on the break.
The Jets' early pressure reaped a reward in the 35th minute when Heskey struck.
The 36-year old, who had gone 13 months and 18 games since his last goal, was mobbed by his teammates.
Heskey nearly had a brace inside 15 seconds of the second half but Moss managed to get enough on an angled effort to knock it wide.
The reprieve did not last.
A minute later Griffiths met a Carney corner from the left and nailed a right foot volley, which speared tthe ball into the back of the net.
Needing to chase the game, Phoenix coach Eddie Merrick introduced former Jets Jeremy Brockie and Jason Hicks in the 52nd minute.
Before they had time to settle the Jets were up 3-0.
Then Taggart got in on the act, slipping between defenders to head home an inch-perfect cross from Zenon Caravella.
His second was volley which took a deflection before Bridges hit his pearler from 20 metres.