The Stags now hold an eight-point advantage at the S.League summit.
Tampines Rovers coach Tay Peng Kee revealed his satisfaction at watching side stretch their lead at the top of the S.League by beating Courts Young Lions on Tuesday.
Despite falling behind against the division’s bottom side the Stags demonstrated why they are Champions elect by charging into a commanding 4-1 lead before the 10-man Young Lions, who had Farhan Rahmat sent off, scored again.
It means Tampines are now closing on on the title after moving eight points clear of second-place Albirex Niigata (S) and Tay acknowledged that he is at ease as the season draws closer to it’s conclusion.
“We are in a comfortable position,” he told Fox Sports. “As far as we are concerned, we are trying to wrap up the title as soon as possible.
“It’s definitely a good sign to go into the [international] break with an eight-point lead.
“Hopefully, this will also demoralise the rest of the teams that are chasing us.”
Tampines were punished for a sluggish start at the Jalan Besar Stadium as Young Lions snatched a 14th minute lead through Iqbal Hamid Hussain.
But a quick-fire double from Kunihiro Yamashita and Shahdan Sulaiman just after the half-hour turned the game in the visitors favour Fahrudin Mustafic scoring a brace after the break before Yamashita put through his own net to hand the home side a late lifeline.