By Gabriel Tan
Despite the comfortable victory in the end, it was Balestier who went ahead on the stroke of halftime after Park Kang-jin scored direct from a corner-kick.
However, Vjeran Simunic's men hit back in the second half through goals from Ivan Jerkovic (2) and Basiru Osman to grab all three points.
Home United moved up to second after recording a 3-1 win over Courts Young Lions on Sunday, while defending champions Tampines Rovers are third after beating Harimau Muda 3-2.
Albirex Niigata and Tanjong Pagar United both recorded hard-fought 1-0 wins on Friday, over Gombak United and Woodlands Wellington respectively.
Elsewhere on Thursday, Young Lions defeated Hougang United 2-0 in their first game of the week, while SAFFC threw away a two-goal lead to draw with Geylang United 2-2.
Here, ESPNSTAR.com takes a look at the best XI from the S.League this week.
GK: Takuma Ito (Albirex Niigata)
In a round where the goals flowed freely in the S.League - a total of 21 in seven games - Ito gets the nod not only because he was one of only three keepers that kept a clean sheet, but because he genuinely put in a fantastic display against the Bulls on Friday.
Right on the stroke of halftime, Gombak forward Julien Durand must have thought he had scored after latching onto a loose ball and firing in a low shot, only to see it take a nick of Ito's leg and come back off the crossbar.
And after Albirex had taken the lead, the 23-year-old custodian then went on to produce one of the performances of the season as he kept out a series of good efforts from Obadin Aikhena, Hafiz Rahim and Durand. The last one in particular was the most outstanding; as he leapt high to tip over the Frenchman's goal-bound header right at the death to ensure his side went on to claim all three points.
RB: Ismail Yunos (Gombak United)
Ismail was one of several Gombak players who were unlucky to be on the losing end at the Jurong East Stadium, after the Bulls put in a resilient performance only to come up short in the end.
Starting at left-back, the former Home man nullified the threat of Masatake Sato in the first half, before shifting over to the right-side of defence after an injury to Adrian Dhanaraj, where he proceeded to produce an equally resolute display.
CB: Hanafi Salleh (Tanjong Pagar United)
For the third week running, the Jaguars not only recorded a win but also kept a clean sheet in the process. And for the second week in a row, Hanafi forces his way into our best XI after another steady performance.
The centre-back did well to keep the usually-dangerous Moon Soon-ho at bay, and was quick to get his team on the front foot on a number of occasions with his incisive distribution.
CB: Kenji Arai (Home United)
For the last few weeks, it looked as if Arai's season was all but over after he was reportedly set to undergo a knee operation.
However, the Japanese veteran made a miraculous recovery over the past week and was immediately recalled to the Protectors starting XI, where he went on to have a faultless game in the heart of defence
LB: Al-Qaasimy Rahman (Courts Young Lions)
The Young Lions had to play two matches in four days this week and while coach Robin Chitrakar opted to freshen up his side by making a number of changes on Sunday, Al-Qaasimy was one man he chose to retain, and for good reason too.
The cultured defender showed remarkable poise beyond his tender years and was the one member of hte Young Lions backline that didn't look unnerved by the physicality of the Protectors attack.
RM: Jamil Ali (Tampines Rovers)
Jamil was a real thorn in the flesh of the Harimau defenders on Sunday evening as he ran straight at them at full pace whenever he got the opportunity, and got the better of his opponent more often than not.
On one of his jinking runs down the right in the second half, the 28-year-old won a penalty which Mustafic Fahrudin converted for the Stags equaliser, before he went on to grab the winner when he was first to react to a loose ball in the box and delicately flicked it over the onrushing Izham Tarmizi.
CM: Rosmin Kamis (DPMM FC)
Ivan Jerkovic may have done the damage for DPMM on Thursday as he scored two goals against Balestier, but it was Rosmin's steadying influence in the middle of the park that set the stage for the Wasps.
As the game wore on, the DPMM captain began to exert a tighter leash on the dangerous Park Kang-jin, and provided a shield in front of his defence all game long.
CM: Affize Faisal (Harimau Muda)
Despite Harimau's defeat on Sunday, Affize was one of the standout players on the park with his non-stop running and tenacious tackling.
The talented utility orchestrated plenty of his side's attacks with some pinpoint long-range passing, and also showed a cool head when he hauled Thamil Arasu back to prevent his team-mate from getting into an unnecessary altercation.
LM: Sho Kamimura (Albirex Niigata)
There have been plenty of outstanding wingers in the S.League this season, but Kamimura has arguably been the best of the lot.
When he's on form, there's just no stopping his perfect blend of speed and skill and having said that, we can't remember when he's had a poor game this season.
On Friday evening, the 23-year-old posed a constant outlet for the White Swans down the left and created a host of opportunities for his team-mates. It was also from his blistering strike that his side got the win, after it deflected off Toshikazu Soya and made its way into the back of the net despite Zaiful Nizam's best efforts.
ST: Frederic Mendy (Home United)
At the moment, there appears to be no striker more dangerous than Mendy in the competition. Fresh from grabbing a brace against Woodlands, the Frenchman followed up with another double against Young Lions on Sunday.
Despite being outnumbered on a couple of occasions, Mendy made a mockery of the situation by effortlessly beating his opponents in the air, and also laid on an assist for Firdaus Idros as well.
ST: Basiru Osman (DPMM FC)
While Osman didn't have the most influential of games against the Tigers, there's no way to fault his overall contribution after he did what was asked of him - put the ball into the back of the net when it mattered most.
With the game evenly poised at 1-1, the Ghanaian capitalised on a mistake by Jaslee Hatta in the 74th minute and raced in behind the Balestier defence, before nonchalantly slipping the ball past the onrushing Joey Sim and tapping into an unguarded net to put DPMM in front.