Club Brugge downed West-Flemish rivals Zulte Waregem 3-1 and took the lead for the first time since November 2008.
Club Brugge went 1-0 behind after 23 minutes but goals by Karel Geraerts (photo), Vadis Odjidja and substitute George Kouemaha made sure Brugge were never really in trouble. Young midfielder Vadis could even afford to miss a penalty.
The Bruges team are now equal on points with Sint-Truiden, but have a better goal average. Anderlecht can join them tonight if they beat Moeskroen.
Dutch Club Brugge coach Adrie Koster seemed surprised to learn after the match that has team had taken first place, but he was only joking. "Really? Great! Of course I knew that, but do you think that's important?" he retorted in front of reporters. "Let's just try to enjoy this moment. It's been a long time, hasn't it?"
Champions Standard fail to impress
Standard de Liège were held to a disappointing draw against modest Cercle Brugge before their home crowd.
Serb forward Milan Jovanovic put Standard ahead early in the match with a penalty, but Cercle were not impressed and equalised late in the match through Bernt Evens.
The home crowd was disappointed and there were loud jeers when the match ended. It was the third time in four matches that Standard can't win at home this season.
Critics say that some Standard players can't seem to find the motivation for "ordinary matches" like this, and concentrate on the Champions League campaign. Standard coach Lazlo Bölöni held his players on the pitch one hour extra after the match for an extra training session.
AA Gent miss their chance
Ambitious AA Gent were one of the teams that could join Sint-Truiden at the top of the table, but failed to win a match that looked easy but became a nightmare for the home fans.
Gent were the favourites against Westerlo, but had to swallow two late goals to lose 2-1.
Germinal Beerschot beat KV Kortrijk 1-0 for a third successive victory. Bottom-of-the-table Roeselare are in trouble after a new defeat, this time against rivals Lokeren. KV Mechelen took the 3 points in Charleroi (2-1) and climb to 3rd place.