Perennial W-League title challengers Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar have both returned to winning ways following a recent poor run of form, despite the absence of a host of key personnel on national team duty.
The two moved into equal second on the back of vastly contrasting wins, taking full advantage as leaders Perth Glory and champions Canberra United had their match postponed.
Joining the pair are surprise packets Western Sydney Wanderers, with the trio two points shy of the Glory.
Canberra are a further two points adrift with their home match against the Glory deferred due to their participation in the inaugural International Women's Club Championship in Japan.
In Brisbane, the Roar made light of the absence of six players to edge out in-form Melbourne Victory with the last kick of the game.
They seemed set to share the spoils until the Roar's Amy Chapman scored in the 89th minute for her second goal of the match.
Amid a flurry of opportunities at both ends, Jessica McDonald then equalised for the Victory, before Ashley Spina conjured a winner five minutes past the allotted 90 for a 3-2 win.
Sydney FC avoided an unprecedented third loss on the trot with an emphatic 4-0 win over bottom side Adelaide United.
Two goals in each half saw the Sky Blues cruise to victory in Adelaide, with midfielder Chloe Logarzo bagging a second-half double.
Sydney were without four Matildas representatives, although they were boosted by the return of Ellyse Perry from a hamstring strain and the dual international set-up the opener for Renee Rollason with New Zealand striker Emma Kete also on the scoresheet.
Long-serving Matildas striker Sarah Walsh, who recently announced her retirement from the international arena, returned to goalscoring form as Western Sydney Wanderers over-ran Newcastle Jets 3-0 in stifling heat at Campbelltown.
Walsh scored twice before substitute Candace Sciberras rounded out the scoring in injury time, just five minutes into her W-League debut.