Newcastle Jets claimed just a second win over Sydney FC in 19 A-League games as they cruised to a 2-0 home victory to end their campaign on a high.
Carrying on their form from a rampant 6-1 win over Brisbane Roar last time out, the Jets took the lead when Ben Kantarovski capitalised on a mistake by Sydney goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne shortly before half-time.
Dimitri Petratos had taken the corner that led to the Jets' opener, and he helped himself to a third goal in four league games to put the hosts out of sight after the interval.
While Ernie Merrick's side will finish seventh, five points shy of the play-off spots, second-place Sydney will switch focus to an A-League semi-final, as well as an AFC Champions League clash with Ulsan.
Elsewhere, Melbourne Victory bounced back from their defeat at Adelaide United by beating Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0 - Ola Toivonen's powerful header giving them a timely boost ahead of the play-offs.