Wellington denied Western Sydney their first win of the season with a second-half equaliser from Phoenix striker Jeremy Brockie ensuring a 1-1 draw at Pirtek Stadium.
Jerome Polenz put the hosts in front early, with the Wanderers eyeing a win at home after their draw with the Central Coast in the opening round.
But Wellington coach Ernie Merrick appeared no less than a tactical genius with key substitutions changing the complexion of the game.
His call to bring on Jason Hicks for Stein Huysegems midway through the opening half added spark and steadied the midfield for Wellington while Paul Ifill, who came on in the second half, was a constant menace for the Wanderers defence.
In the end it was Brockie, who scored 16 times for the Phoenix last season, who levelled in the 60th minute.
The Wanderers dominated possession in the first half and it didn't take long for them to expose the Phoenix defence with Mark Bridge, Shinji Ono and Mateo Poljak all getting opportunities at goal within the first three minutes.
But it was Polenz who opened the Wanderers' account in the 15th minute when the Phoenix sent an Ono corner straight to the German, whose powerful volley from just outside the box was too much for Moss.
The Phoenix had their four internationals in skipper Andrew Durante, keeper Glenn Moss, Brockie and Leo Bertos back but they couldn't break down the well-structured Wanderers in the first half.
Youssouf Hersi, who caused all sorts of trouble on the right wing, looked like doubling the advantage just before the break, forcing Moss into action with a blistering strike.
Wellington came to life in the second half with Brockie consistently testing the Wanderers defence.
Wanderers gloveman Ante Covic was forced into two spectacular saves within seconds, diffusing shots from Vince Lia and Ifill before Brockie finally broke though to level in the 60th minute.
The Phoenix continued to hold the momentum with Carlos Hernandez drawing yet another great save from Covic just moments later.
Both sides had a chance to find a late winner with Wanderers new-recruit Brendon Santalab hitting the post with 15 minutes to go.
The Phoenix were gifted a perfectly-placed free-kick a minute later when Polenz brought down Brockie just outside the penalty area, but Hernandez couldn't capitalise with his effort sailing over the crossbar.
Earlier, the Glory and Jets opened their A-League accounts for 2013-14 with a dull scoreless draw at Hunter Stadium.
The first-round losers created few genuine chances between them until the game opened up in the final 20 minutes.
Newcastle thought themselves unlucky not to gain a shot at a winner on 87 minutes when Nathan Burns went down in the area after a challenge from Jack Clisby.
There appeared to be contact but referee Shaun Evans waved off cries for a penalty.
Both sides had shots on goal denied. The best stop came from Jets keeper Mark Birighitti in the 81st minute when he dived full stretch to block Sidnei Sciola's strike.
Jamie Maclaren had several chances for Glory, including a one-on-one effort blocked by best on ground Scott Neville in the 77th minute.
The Jets were clearly the better side in the first half but failed to capitalise on their chances.
Returning striker Michael Bridges hit a free header well wide in the ninth minute, while Neville and Kew Jaliens also nodded crosses off target.
Craig Goodwin had the best chance of the half when his shot off a Adam Taggart cross forced a diving stop from Danny Vukovic in the 45th minute.