Socceroo Brett Holman returned from a groin injury in the Europa League, while Australian strike partner Joshua Kennedy scored in Japan in midweek action for our boys abroad.
Eddy Bosnar and Mark Bresciano were also on the scoresheet in Asia, while another Aussie veteran Scott Chipperfield provided a crucial assist in the UEFA Champions League.
Firstly, though, to the Europa League where Brett Holman started for AZ Alkmaar for the first time since straining his groin in mid-October as the Dutch side drew 2-2 at Austria Vienna on Thursday.
Holman was busy early on the right wing as AZ took a two-goal half-time lead thanks to goals from Rasmus Elm and Pontus Wernbloom before the Austrians rallied with two second-half strikes.
The Australia international, who made his return just in time for next week's World Cup qualifiers, was replaced on 68 minutes, while James Holland wasn't involved. AZ are second in Group G with two games to play.
Elsewhere in the Europa League on Thursday, Mark Schwarzer played a full game as Fulham thrashed Wisla Krakow 4-1.
Schwarzer was beaten by a deflected first-half effort but Andy Johnson was the hero for the Cottagers with two goals and an assist. Fulham are second in Group K.
Meanwhile, Nathan Burns started but was replaced at the break as AEK Athens slumped to a 3-1 home defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday.
The result sees AEK eliminated from European competition after four losses from four matches in Group L.
In Japan's J.League on Thursday, Joshua Kennedy scored his 17th goal of the season as Nagoya Grampus kept up the pressure at the top with a 3-1 win over Cerezo Osaka.
Jungo Fujimoto had opened the scoring for Nagoya before Rui Komatsu levelled from the spot.
However, Kennedy's well-placed header on the stroke of half-time but Grampus ahead and Kensuke Nagai rounded out the win with a second-half strike.
Elsewhere in Japan on Thursday, Eddy Bosnar netted as Shimizu S-Pulse drew 2-2 at relegated Avispa Fukuoka.
Bosnar, who netted on 64 minutes, and Socceroo Alex Brosque both played full games as Shimizu blew a two-goal lead.
Meanwhile, Matthew Spiranovic was left on the bench yet again as relegation-embattled Urawa Reds slumped to a dismal 3-0 home defeat to Vissel Kobe.
In UAE's Pro-League on Thursday, Australian Mark Bresciano netted his first goal for his new club Al Nasr as they claimed a much-needed 2-1 win at Dubai Club.
Bresciano, who played a full game in the victory, netted on 15 minutes, poking home from the close-range to make it 2-0.
In the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, veteran Australian Scott Chipperfield provided an assist as FC Basel claimed a decent 1-1 draw at Benfica.
Chipperfield broke down the left flank before whipping in a nice cross for Benjamin Huggel to level the match on 64 minutes.
The Australian started and played 89 minutes of the game, which keeps Basel alive in the Champions League as they are third in the group on five points, behind Manchester United and Benfica who are both on eight points with two games to play.
Basel boss Heiko Vogel said: “Marco Streller and Alexander Frei were both missing for us tonight, but Jacques Zoua and Scott Chipperfield were very strong replacements. It says a lot about our character, the way we pulled together to overcome our setbacks.”
Elsewhere in the Champions League on Tuesday, Mitchell Langerak was an unused sub as Borussia Dortmund also boosted their hopes of progressing with a 1-0 win over Olympiakos.
In England's Championship on Wednesday, Paddy Kisnorbo made his first start since mid-September but it was an unhappy one as Leeds United were hammered 5-0 by Blackpool.
Kisnorbo came close to scoring early on, before two howlers from Paul Rachubka cost the Whites who were three down by the half hour mark.
Elsewhere in the Championship on Tuesday, Mile Jedinak was left out of the Crystal Palace side which drew 0-0 with Portsmouth after his partner gave birth to a baby boy in midweek.
Palace boss Dougie Freedman said: "Mile's had a baby boy, a wonderful little baby boy. He was up at 2am this morning so I didn't think it was fair on his family to bring him along tonight."
Meanwhile, Scott McDonald and Rhys Williams both played full games as Middlesbrough won 3-1 at Doncaster Rovers. However, the former failed to score again but won support from Boro boss Tony Mowbray.
Mowbray said: "Scott's getting time on the pitch and playing and I'm sure the goals will come. What he brings is a fantastic work ethic for the team and he plays in the shape we ask him to."
Socceroos keeper Adam Federici put in a full shift as Reading lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest, while Neil Kilkenny played a full game and hit the post in the first-half as Bristol City drew 0-0 with West Ham.
In China's Super League on Wednesday, Dean Heffernan celebrated his club Liaoning Whowin clinching a 2012 Asian Champions League spot after a 3-1 win over Tianjin Teda to round out the season. Heffernan played a full game in the win which sealed third spot.
Elsewhere in the CSL, Brendon Santalab and John Hutchinson were absent as Chengdu Blades were relegated despite a 2-2 draw with champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
Joel Griffiths started and played 86 minutes as second-placed Beijing Guoan finished the season off with a 1-0 loss at Shanghai Shenhua, while Dino Djulbic put in a full shift as Shaanxi Chanba drew 2-2 with Qingdao Jonoon.
In UAE's Pro-League, Lucas Neill's Al Jazira defeated Diego Maradona's Al Wasl 1-0. Neill played a full game in the victory.
In Italy's Serie B on Tuesday, Carl Valeri put in a full shift as Sassuolo kept up their super early-season form with a 5-2 victory over Modena.
Finally in Denmark's Superliga on Monday, Nathan Coe played a full game as SonderjyskE drew 1-1 at FC Midtjylland.