Despite leading three times, Wellington Phoenix have slipped to their sixth loss of the A-League season.
The Phoenix leaked two goals in the final 25-minutes against Western Sydney Wanderers in a thrilling 4-3 contest in Parramatta.
Ufuk Talay's side were denied a deserved point in injury time after Israeli striker Tomer Hamed's snapshot was ruled out by VAR for offside.
The Phoenix took the lead early at Bankwest Stadium through skipper Ulises Davila, only for Wanderers' Daniel Wilmering to unleash a superb equalising goal midway through the spell.
But Australian Cameron Devlin went one better late in the half with a thunderbolt from distance to give the Phoenix a half-time lead.
Jordan Mutch pulled the homeside back to level terms minutes into the resumption before a Hamed penalty had the 'Nix back in front in the 63rd minute.
But a stunning volley from Mitch Duke on the restart had the Wanderers level again, before Kwame Yeboah's 84th minute goal put his side in front for the first time.
Hamed thought he had earned the Phoenix a point in the final minute, but on review, his effort was rubbed out by VAR.
Western Sydney ended the night second, while the Phoenix are eight-points back, third from bottom with 16 games remaining in the regular season.