Melbourne Victory returned to winning ways in resounding fashion in the Hyundai A-League, beating Adelaide United 3-0 on Saturday.
After a Taylor Regan own goal, Leroy George scored a spectacular free-kick at AAMI Park in the first half.
Dzengis Cavusevic was sent off for the Reds early in the second half, with Besart Berisha getting on the scoresheet thanks to a George assist.
The result ended a five-game winless run for Victory, which moved into fourth on the table.
Victory dictated proceedings in the opening stages and took the lead midway through the first half.
A George cross from the right was met by the head of James Troisi, whose effort snuck past Paul Izzo and went in after Regan hit it against the post in his attempts to clear.
Victory doubled its lead on the half-hour mark thanks to a stunning strike from George.
After being fouled 30 yards from goal, George curled a wonderful free-kick over the wall to make it 2-0.
Victory continued to push to begin the second half as Berisha fired wide after creating space for himself inside the area.
Adelaide was reduced to 10 men soon after, Cavusevic given his marching orders for making contact with Rhys Williams' face.
Victory quickly made the most of the numerical advantage, Berisha beating Izzo to make it 3-0 after a pass from George.
George Blackwood headed an opportunity wide for Adelaide, while Lawrence Thomas pushed away a long-range effort from Jordan O'Doherty.
Izzo was forced into a diving save by a long-range Terry Antonis effort, while 19-year-old Pierce Waring came on for his Victory debut late in the win.
Player in focus
What they said – George
on the team's response…
"They were very difficult moments for us. We played five games and we didn't win and as we know, we had to win this game to stay in the top six."
on the celebrations for the second goal…
"Like everybody knows, we've had a tough season and we need to stay together and this was a good moment to celebrate with all the players and also the staff."
on his free-kick…
"Yesterday I scored with the guys and I said, 'we need to get free-kicks around the 18-yard-box' and today it happened and I scored."
Melbourne Victory 3 (Taylor Regan 22' og, Leroy George 29', Besart Berisha 59')
Adelaide United 0
Melbourne Victory: Thomas (gk), Geria, Deng (Donachie 73'), Williams, Broxham, Sanchez, Antonis, Troisi (c), Barbarouses, Berisha (Waring 86'), George (Theoharous 80')
Adelaide United: Izzo (gk), Strain, Regan, Elsey, Garuccio, Isaias (c), O'Doherty, Adlung (Konstandopoulos 62'), Mileusnic (Marrone 70'), Blackwood, Kitto (Cavusevic 45')
Yellow cards: O'Doherty 14', Sanchez 35', Geria 64', Regan 78'
Red cards: Cavusevic 55'
Venue: AAMI Park
Victory faces City in the Melbourne Derby at AAMI Park on Friday, March 2.