The Chiefs look set to hold on to their lead at the top of the Super Rugby standings as they have a guaranteed four points next week from the bye.
The Chiefs lead the overall Super Rugby standings on 52 points and will go into the June break on 56 points.
Only the Bulls have 46 points and can overtake the Chiefs if they secure bonus point victories in their two matches before the break.
The Bulls play the Sharks on Saturday and next week they face the Cheetahs who are second in the South African conference.
Bonus point victories in both matches could be too much to ask especially since both matches are away from home..
The Brumbies also have 46 points but cannot overtake the Chiefs as they have seven wins while the Chiefs have ten.
Chiefs flanker and co-captain Liam Messam says the victory over the Crusaders was it's a superb win for them.
"We've been written off probably the whole season, and even coming into this week everyone was talking about the Crusaders.
"So really what we can do as a team and I'm just real proud of how we put in that effort and now we have a good four weeks off."
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie was delighted with the result and praised the effort from his players.
"Hell of an effort, we were under the pump for a big chunk of that second half and we always felt if we could hang on down there and get up the other end that we could finish over the top.
"And we're really rapt. It was a hell of a courageous effort," he told NewstalkZB.
The Chiefs now lead the Crusaders who are second in the New Zealand Conference by 10 points.