They improved against Melbourne Victory, now Sydney FC have set out to "destroy" cellar dwellers Wellington and open up a 12-point A-League lead.
Ready to build on a 25-match unbeaten streak at Allianz Stadium, the Sky Blues will have the premiers' plate in their sights on Friday night.
Two straight draws against Adelaide and Central Coast had given second-placed Newcastle a sniff of the minor trophy in recent weeks.
But Graham Arnold's defending champions re-stamped their authority on the table last Friday via an emphatic 3-1 Big Blue triumph.
Now, against the Phoenix, the coach is hoping for a contest that mirrors its top-versus-bottom status.
"Our performance against Melbourne (Victory) last week was a big improvement, and I expect a great performance tomorrow night," Arnold said.
"Play to our structure and we will destroy teams. With structure comes fluency. With fluency, the connection between players is at its greatest.
"When we play with great structure the opposition can't stop us. We expect to do that on Friday night."
Sydney have amassed nearly triple the points of their Kiwi counterparts and a goal difference 38 goals superior.
Despite sitting rock bottom, the Phoenix have enjoyed a mini-revival this January, with one loss from their last four games.
Yet memories of December's 4-1 flogging by the Sky Blues - and Bobo's hat-trick - in Wellington will be fresh in the memory.
With Brandon O'Neill suspended, Paulo Retre will almost certainly be given the nod to start alongside in-form Josh Brillante.
The only concern is Luke Wilkshire, who is on four yellow cards and would be sorely missed in next weekend's away clash to Melbourne City should he be shown a fifth.
"He's got to get through another two games and he gets another three," Arnold said.
"The plan is to keep Lukey cardless and keep him on the pitch performing the way he has been."
STATS THAT MATTER:
* Sydney are undefeated in their last five games against Wellington (W4, D1), scoring 3 or more goals in three of their last four meetings
* Alex Wilkinson (110) is the only player league wide to have made more than 100 clearances
* Andrija Kaluderovic has made 22 headed shots at goal, nine more than any other player