The Phobians, who clock 100 years this week as a club, set themselves up nicely for a birthday celebration with by leapfrogging bitter rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko thanks to a 2-0 win over New Edubiase at the Accra Sports Stadium.
It ensured they take full advantage of Kotoko slip at Berekum where they conceded a penalty to draw 1-1 against Berekum Arsenals.
Hearts' goals came through Uriah Asante and a controversial second from James Tagoe with Edubiase complaining bitterly that the ball had not crossed the line but referee Cecil Fletcher stood his ground.
The victory means Hearts have won four of their five league games and drawn one. Kotoko looked on course for the same number of wins after Mohammed Fatawu opened the scoring in the 40th minute for the leaders who later on saw a Nathaniel Asamoah toe-poke come off the crossbar.
Defender Awal Mohammed ended their hopes when he pulled an Arsenal attacker in the box as referee William Agbovi pointed to the spot.
Amankwah slotted to the opposite side of Soulama Abdulai, denying Kotoko all three points and earning the Gunners a share of the spoils.
Defending champions Berekum Chelsea finally got the spark they needed with a 4-1 thumping of Wassaman United in coach Hans Van der Plyum's first game in charge.
Emmanuel Clottey scored twice with Mubarak Moro and captain Abdul Bassit scoring the other goals for Chelsea.