Jamie Maclaren's hat trick powered Perth Glory to within three points of the A-League summit on Sunday with a 3-1 win over 10-man Melbourne City.
Despite having Paulo Retre sent off on the stroke of half-time, City had been able to cancel out Maclaren's 42nd-minute opener through Aaron Mooy seven minutes into the second half.
However, Maclaren scored again in the 65th and 87th minutes to put Perth on 47 points, level with second-placed Sydney and three behind leaders Melbourne Victory.
Perth Glory won't be deducted any points next season after accepting the punishment of Football Federation Australia (FFA) for breaches of the A-League's salary cap.
The Western Australian club will miss this season's A-League finals, despite being guaranteed of a top six finish. They will pay AU$269,000 in fines after allegedly exceeding the cap by AU$400,000 this season.
But despite being threatened with a third show-cause notice this week, their ability to avoid a points deduction next season...
Melbourne Victory slumped to a surprise 1-0 home defeat to strugglers Newcastle Jets on Friday to leave the race for this season's A-League title wide open.
Newcastle were bottom of the standings going into the AAMI Park encounter but secured a much-needed victory courtesy of Edson Montano's close-range finish on 54 minutes.
The Jets' third win of the season moved them above Western Sydney Wanderers in the standings.
Sydney FC capitalised by beating Perth Glory 3-0 to join them and the Victory...