Josh Sims assisted the first goal as New York Red Bulls ran out 2-0 winners over Philadelphia Union to build more positive momentum ahead of the MLS play-offs.
The Southampton Academy graduate burst down the right wing and delivered a low cross that Union keeper Andre Blake could only parry into the path of Tom Barlow, who was left with an easy tap-in to open the scoring.
The Metros, already assured of a play-off berth with two regular season games to go, wrapped up the points deep into stoppage time when former Saint Bradley Wright-Phillips squared the ball for Daniel Royer to finish the job.
Elsewhere, Wesley Hoedt played the full 90 minutes as Royal Antwerp moved up to third in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League with a 3-1 win over Cercle Brugge.
There were also starts for Mario Lemina and Guido Carrillo, who were both involved in 1-1 draws.
Lemina’s Galatasaray were pegged back late on by Malatyaspor as their inconsistent start to the season continued, while Carrillo’s Leganés picked up their first point of the campaign at Valencia.
In Scotland, Fraser Forster was beaten by a stunning strike from Eamonn Brophy as Kilmarnock took a shock lead at Celtic Park, but the hosts recovered to maintain their one hundred per cent record with a 3-1 victory. Saints winger Mohamed Elyounoussi was an unused substitute.
Harrison Reed suffered late disappointment as Sheffield Wednesday struck a stoppage-time equaliser to deny Fulham maximum points at Hillsborough. The midfielder played the full 90 minutes but had to settle for a third successive 1-1 draw.
In League One, Tom O’Connor left the field nursing an injury shortly after half time in Gillingham’s 1-0 home defeat to league leaders Ipswich, while Alfie Jones missed out altogether following a knock in training.
Marcus Barnes made his first start for Eastleigh, but suffered a 3-1 loss away at last season’s National League play-off finalists AFC Fylde.
A fourth straight draw meant Tyreke Johnson’s Woking surrendered top spot in the same division, with the latest stalemate coming at struggling Chorley, while Harry Hamblin hobbled out of Bath’s 4-0 win over Swindon Supermarine in the FA Cup second qualifying round with a tight hamstring.