By Gabriel Tan
Masatake Sato opened the scoring in the 31st minute with a delightful freekick from the edge of the area, before Kunihiro Yamashita wrapped up all three points four minutes after the break with a firm header from six yards out.
For their efforts, both players earn a nod in this edition of our S.League Team of the Week, along with one of their team-mates who played a crucial role against the Jaguars.
Thursday's other game saw basement club Geylang United hold fellow strugglers Woodlands Wellington to a 1-1 draw while on Friday, Home United came from behind to beat Gombak United 2-1.
Saturday's action saw DPMM FC suffer their first home loss of the season - a 2-1 defeat at the hands of SAFFC, which allowed Tampines Rovers to pull level with them at the top of the table after the Stags recorded a dominant 3-1 victory over Balestier Khalsa.
Here, we pick out the 11 players that made a difference in this week's round of S.League matches.
GK: Nazri Sabri (Home United)
It's never good for any team when their first-choice goalkeeper withdraws from a game minutes before kickoff due to an injury picked up in the warm-up, even more so when the player in question is Lionel Lewis, a man still regarded by many as the league's best custodian.
Thankfully for the Protectors, Nazri was unfazed by his late inclusion at the Jurong West Stadium on Friday and put in an assured performance that helped his side pick up all three points.
The 22-year-old was helped by Gombak's wasteful nature in front of goal, but he still showed safe hands when coming out to claim crosses and will make coach Lee Lim-saeng a real boost knowing he has a capable deputy waiting in the wings.
RB: Ismail Yunos (Gombak United)
And while the Gombak attackers will be aware that their profligacy ultimately cost their side at least a point against Home, one player who didn't deserve to be on the losing end on Friday was Ismail, who put in a resilient display against his former side.
The 25-year-old completely nullified the threat of Qiu Li, forcing the Singapore international to switch flanks in a desperate bid to get into the game, and was a real asset when the Bulls were defending against the aerial threat of Frederic Mendy and Shotaro Ihata.
Ismail was also always ready to help his side out in attack and came close to scoring when he let fly in the 22nd minute with a blistering strike that sailed just over the top corner.
CB: Kunihiro Yamashita (Albirex Niigata)
One of Albirex's strengths this season has been the partnership between Yamashita and captain Norihiro Kawakami in the heart of defence, and the duo combined well again on Thursday as they completely shut out the Tanjong Pagar attack.
Debuting Jaguars striker Gilbert Bayonne did show some glimpses of quality but he never really had a chance to hurt the White Swans on the scoreboard as Yamashita kept a tight leash on him, before venturing forward to make sure of all three points shortly after the break when he met Sato's cross with a powerful header that Fajar Sarib was unable to keep out.
CB: Marin Vidosevic (SAFFC)
Following some inconsistent displays in the first round, Warriors coach Richard Bok immediately looked to address the matter by bringing in a trio of new players in mid-season in Vidosevic, Aliff Shafaein and Marin Jonjic.
And with defensive stalwart Bah Mamadou out for at least another month, the signing of Vidosevic has come as a real boost for Bok as he has filled in alongside Daniel Bennett admirably.
The composed centre-back has helped add some much-needed stability in the heart of the SAFFC defence and on Saturday, he also showed plenty of resolve in his battle against profilic DPMM strike duo Basiru Osman and Shahrazen Said. He also stood tall at the end of the game when he came up against towering defender Tales dos Santos, who was thrown up forward by Wasps coach Vjeran Simunic in a desperate bid to salvage a share of the spoils.
LB: Duncan Elias (Woodlands Wellington)
The one positive that came out of Woodlands' draw with Geylang was the performance of vice-captain Duncan Elias, who provided a constant outlet down the left and always looked dangerous with his deliveries.
Elias' fiesty nature also served the Rams well as he gave them some much-needed bite in an otherwise lacklustre encounter between the competition's two bottom sides.
DM: Ahmad Latiff Khamarudin (Tampines Rovers)
Things weren't looking all that great for the Stags on Saturday when midfield dynamo Gligor Gligorov had to be replaced in the first half after suffering from giddiness. But in a moment of inspiration, Tampines coach Steven Tan decided to bring on Ahmed Fahmie - a striker - and shift Latiff into a defensive-midfield role.
The move worked to perfection as Latiff helped his side gain the ascendancy by dictating the tempo of the match, and his distribution was immaculate regardless of whether he was playing a simple five-yard ball, or a glorious 50-yard crossfield pass.
The former Singapore international also laid on an assist for the Stags' third goal in the 70th minute when he burst past Goran Subara down the right, before floating a perfectly-weighted ball onto the head of Sead Hadzibulic to nod home.
CM: John Wilkinson (Home United)
Since winning his place back in the Protectors starting XI, Wilkinson has been a real driving force in the middle of the park and he was close to being the best player in Friday's game at the Jurong West Stadium.
The English-born Singaporean was always ready to help out his team-mates in defence and attack, and went on several driving runs through the middle that put Gombak on the back foot.
And while his indiscipline saw him lose his place in the side earlier in the season, it's hard to see Lee dropping him anytime soon based on his recent performances.
CM: Musashi Okuyama (Albirex Niigata)
Okuyama has been one of the stars of the season and in terms vision and passing ability, few will come close to rivaling him at the moment.
Against the Jaguars, the 21-year-old quietly went about his game but was extremely influential as he created chance after chance with his quick feet and well-weighted through-balls.
At times, it seemed as though it was just impossible for the opposition players to get the ball off his toes, and he would have been rewarded with a couple of assists had his team-mates been on the same wavelength as him.
RF: Masatake Sato (Albirex Niigata)
One Albirex player that did get on the scoresheet this week was Sato, and he probably deserved it considering he has spent much of this season living in the shadow of fellow winger Sho Kamimura, who was terrorised opposition full-backs down the opposite flank.
The problem with Sato has been his inconsistency but there's no denying his is extremely gifted with his dead-ball deliveries. Through him, Albirex took the lead against the Jaguars when he floated a sublime effort past Fajar just after the half-hour mark, before he whipped in a pin-point cross for Yamashita to power home.
LF: Fazrul Nawaz (SAFFC)
Regarded by strike partner Mislav Karoglan as one of the country's most talented footballers, Fazrul has shown glimpses of quality throughout his career but has always struggled for consistency.
But in the intimidating atmosphere of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on Saturday, the Singapore international came to the fore with a match-winning performance as the Warriors became the first side to beat DPMM on home soil this season.
The pacy striker's off-the-ball movement gave the Wasps defence genuine problems as he regularly made his way into goalscoring opportunities, and duly opened the scoring in the 15th minute when he beat Dos Santos to an Aliff Shafaein cross to nod past Wardun Yussof.
Fazrul could even had grabbed a second shortly after the restart when he once again found space inside the area and forced Wardun into a smart double-save but overall, it was a highly impressive display from the 27-year-old.
CF: Sead Hadzibulic (Tampines Rovers)
Only two games into his Tampines career, Hadzibulic already looks a good piece of business after an impressive start to life at the Clementi Stadium.
While he didn't score on his debut against DPMM, he showed glimpses of quality and more importantly, offered the Stags a different option up front as opposed to always looking for captain Aleksandar Duric with a long ball.
And on Saturday against the Tigers, he proved he can be pretty clinical as well as he opened the scoring by neatly bringing a Jamil Ali cross down on his chest and firing past Zakariah Nerani, before netting his side's third when he found space in the box and nodded home a delivery from Latiff.