Belconnen United FC have an opposition player to thank for their first three-point performance since round five, after an early own-goal on Saturday gifted them a 1-0 win.
The side hosted West Canberra Wanderers FC at McKellar Park on Saturday, with the difference proving to be their lone goal in the opening minutes of the match.
United's Dustin Wells stepped up for a freekick only metres outside the 18-yard box. His right footed attempt travelled low towards the back post and took a touch off a defending Wanderer to help it in and make it 1-0 in the third minute.
United coach Fabian Miceli said it meant a lot for the side to record their first win in nine games.
"The feeling in the changerooms after the win was amazing," he said.
"We believed we had put in good performances before but it just hasn't gone our way. Breaking the cycle had been very difficult for us but now it's done we hope it continues.
"We spoke at the start of the season as a squad and we said we wanted to make the top four, and we still hope to."
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The sole goal gave United their first win in nine rounds, after they last walked away with three points against Canberra Croatia FC in their 2-1 triumph in round five.
In the last nine games, they have won once, drawn four and lost four to sit sixth on the NPL ladder.
Wanderers on the other hand have lost five of their last six matches but sit third on the ladder to further congest the middle of the table rankings.
Wanderers coach Ulisses Da Silva said his side's loss had nothing to do with luck.
"We weren't good enough today, that's the end of the story," he said.
"We were all very disappointed with the result but we know we weren't able to perform to the level we wanted to today."
There are two clear front runners for the premiership in the NPL, with Croatia and Tigers FC at least seven points ahead of the next best in third place.
The middle of the league's table is only separated by a small number of points, as five teams will be in contention and fighting for the remaining two finals spots in the next seven rounds.
Saturday - Monaro Panthers FC v Tigers FC postponed
Sunday - Canberra Croatia FC v Gungahlin United FC, 3pm Deakin Stadium
Sunday - Tuggeranong United FC v Canberra Olympic FC postponed