Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay saluted a massive three points for his side after they defeated Perth Glory 1-0.
The Nix are priced at 1/2 to finish in the top six and play finals and the three points against a depleted Glory outfit is just what they needed ahead of their return to New Zealand.
The Nix return home to play in front of their supporters for the first time since May last year and the win over Glory has set them up nicely.
They sit in fifth place on the ladder, four points ahead of Macarthur who occupy seventh. They are just one point behind Adelaide United in fourth but have played two games less.
Walter Sandoval got the crucial goal in the 48th minute and it was even more impressive considering it was the team’s sixth match in 19 days.
“The three points is massive for us moving forward to the back end of the season,” Talay told reporters after the game.
“We’ve played a lot of games back-to-back. It wasn’t a complete performance, but I think it was a good enough performance to get the job done and get the three points.
“I think we’ve put ourselves in a great position going back to New Zealand. Having the fans there supporting the group I think the boys that are injured will probably even put their hands up to play.”
Now all focus can turn to the clash against the Central Coast Mariners in Wellington this weekend.