Melbourne Heart has set itself up for a spectacular blockbuster with Melbourne Victory in next weekend's A-League derby, where the stakes for both sides will be high as both press for finals spots.

John van't Schip's side saw off title favourites Brisbane Roar 1-0 in front of nearly 8000 fans at AAMI Park on Sunday, winning its fourth game in a row.

But the Dutchman is working hard to keep a lid on mounting expectations that the red and whites can pull off one of the most remarkable recoveries of this or any other season and climb off the canvas to make the play-offs.

With seven games remaining, Heart is six points away from sixth-placed Central Coast, but it is the team on a roll.

As Brisbane's Socceroo centre-back Jade North succinctly summed it up after this game, "they are the form team of the A-League.''

Van't Schip concedes that finals are now a possibility, but that much needs to be done.

His recipe for success is simple: he will tell his players to have fun, express themselves, enjoy their game and not worry about any pressure.

"We can make it because there are seven games to go, but we have to take each game by game.

"It's very tight, you have to enjoy the games and keep on working hard. Next week (the derby) there is another tough game on the horizon.

"When I came back I said the most important thing was getting the team playing again, and as a consequence we would get the results and that's what happening.''

It was a bad weekend for Brisbane, as the club's women's team lost the W-League Grand Final to Melbourne Victory's women's side across town at Lakeside Stadium a few hours before this game kicked off.

It might be little consolation to Mike Mulvey, Roar's coach, but Van't Schip believes the league leaders are the best team his side has faced since he took over just after Christmas.

He praised lion-hearted defender Patrick Kisnorbo for his last-gasp challenge on Besart Berisha which prevented the Roar striker from grabbling a stoppage time equaliser.

"Patrick is playing with great concentration. He's organising the defence, he's defending from the front.''

The run of recent hot form, Van't Schip added, was all to do with the confidence that grew from snapping the 19-game streak without a win with that victory over Newcastle in January.

"My starting point is enjoy yourself, start playing the way you would like to play instead of holding back and thinking about defending. Use the qualities that you have."

Ladder after round 20

Brisbane Roar 20 12 2 6 33 18 15 38
Western Sydney Wanderers 20 9 7 4 25 19 6 34
Melbourne Victory 20 8 6 6 30 32 -2 30
Sydney FC 20 9 1 10 27 28 -1 28
Adelaide United 20 7 6 7 33 28 5 27
Central Coast Mariners 20 7 6 7 20 26 -6 27
Wellington Phoenix 20 7 5 8 30 29 1 26
Newcastle Jets 20 6 5 9 20 27 -7 23
Perth Glory 20 5 6 9 19 24 -5 21
Melbourne Heart 20 5 6 9 24 30 -6 21