Wellington's English strikers have combined to sweet effect in a 1-0 win over Melbourne City which continues the visitors' A-League hoodoo in New Zealand.
David Ball scored the 58th-minute winner off a Gary Hooper assist to decide an open affair on Saturday at Auckland's Eden Park which keeps the Phoenix ensconced in fifth place, just three points behind second-placed City.
Melbourne had ample opportunity to come away with points and make ground on leaders Sydney FC but they were wasteful in front of goal, particularly in the second half.
Nine City players recorded shots and Phoenix goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic registered seven saves compared to one from counterpart Tom Glover.
The lack of finishing meant the visitors recorded a fourth-successive loss to the Phoenix on Kiwi soil and continued their overall struggles this season on the road.
Melbourne City captain Scott Jamieson put defeat down to one lapse of concentration and an inability to get past the in-form Wellington 'keeper.
"Credit to Marinovic - he was fantastic tonight. He's been fantastic all year. It takes something special to beat him and we didn't have it," he told Sky TV.
"We had chances but they punished us with one turnover and got down and scored."
Wellington dominated possession - their 352 passes in the first half was double that of City - but they lacked the cutting edge of the visitors.
There was concern among the crowd of 15,300 when winger Reno Piscopo and Phoenix midfield teammate Cameron Devlin both limped from the field with ankle injuries. Piscopo later said his was a minor roll and shouldn't sideline him.
Midfielder Matti Steinmann looked to have scored his first Phoenix goal when he tapped in a Piscopo free kick on the half-hour, but VAR determined the German was offside after a long deliberation.
Impressive City centre back Rostyn Griffiths was earlier forced into a scrambling goal-line save, but Wellington otherwise struggled to create chances against a deep-sitting defensive line.
Jamie Maclaren had two half-chances before the break but squandered both with uncharacteristic weak shots.
Melbourne's attack came alive early in the second spell but they conceded against the run of play when former Celtic star Hooper stormed into space down the right and delivered a pinpoint cross to the excellent Ball, whose first touch gave him a fourth goal for the season.
Ball revealed Hooper had seen a hand signal to cut the ball back in the lead-up to the goal.
"Gary's got that quality to pick out and I'm just delighted to be on the end of it," he said.
"I thought we were back to our usual selves. It was a great atmosphere tonight and we needed that sort of performance."