A goal in either half has propelled Perth Glory to a 2-0 win over Melbourne Heart and top spot on the A-League ladder, alongside Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets.
Glory had the better of the chances at home, with both goals coming from corners, Dean Heffernan grabbing the first and Billy Mehmet the second to secure the relatively comfortable victory without Shane Smeltz and Bas van den Brink.
Coming off last season's heartbreaking grand final loss to Brisbane Roar, Glory has now sandwiched two home wins around a 1-0 loss away to Central Coast Mariners.
The host controlled majority of the contest and deservedly came away with full points, taking some air out of Heart's impressive start to the season which had yielded a win and draw, over the opening two weeks under new coach John Aloisi.
Heart came close to an early goal with a well-taken free kick from David Williams that Fred propelled just over the crossbar, before Glory seized control of the match.
Heffernan had two opportunities in the 11th minute, both tremendously saved by Heart on the line, while Mehmet was a constant menace in the box.
Glory was eventually rewarded for its efforts when Heffernan tapped in a corner from Liam Miller in the 38th minute.
Visiting captain Fred was substituted at halftime with his right eye swelling up after a first half clash with Glory defender Michael Thwaite.
The move worked in Melbourne's favour with his replacement Josip Tadic helping to give the visitor some drive in attack.
But Glory refused to take its foot off the pedal, Mehmet missing with a header before Steve McGarry blew the match's easiest opportunity when he shot high when alone in the box.
Chris Harold missed an outstanding chance to make it 2-0 in the 84th minute when he missed when presented with a one-on-one with Heart keeper Clint Bolton, but Mehmet eventually confirmed the points when he turned in a corner four minutes from time.
Melbourne Heart’s Player of the Year Richard Garcia will be the next to step through the club’s revolving door if he fails to reach terms over an upgraded new contract.