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Real Zaragoza striker Helder Postiga hopes his side's shock victory over high-flying Espanyol last time out can kick-start their fight to escape relegation.

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Zaragoza had gone 16 league and cup games without a win heading into Monday's trip to Espanyol but second-half goals from Paulo da Silva and Juan Carlos earned them a first victory since October 16.

That win was not enough to lift Manolo Jimenez's side off the foot of the table, and they started this weekend's fixtures still a massive 10 points adrift of safety, but Postiga hopes the triumph can spark an upturn in fortune.

"It was very important to beat a team doing so well in the league after going so long without a victory. I'm sure that this is going to give us a lot of confidence," the Portugal international said.

"We'd been working hard to get a victory before the Espanyol game and we had our chances against Getafe and Rayo, but we didn't have any luck. Now we need to continue improving."

Next up for Zaragoza is Monday night's visit of Real Betis to La Romareda.

Betis also brought to an end a disappointing run of their own with an impressive victory in their last match, downing Athletic Bilbao 2-1, but Postiga insists his side have to make home advantage count if they are to survive the drop.

"It's true that from now on every game is a final, especially at La Romareda, where with the support from the stands we must win every game," he said in AS.

"While it's still mathematically possible (to stay up), we must fight for it."

Betis' triumph over Athletic was a welcome result after picking up just one point from their previous four games as they slipped closer to the relegation dogfight

Speaking ahead of the game, Betis coach Pepe Mel said: "The fact that they won in Barcelona makes this game more completed for us. It's vital to win this game. We need to continue with the intensity we showed the other day and it is that which will help us win games."

Real Zaragoza striker Helder Postiga hopes his side's shock victory over high-flying Espanyol last time out can kick-start their fight to escape relegation.

Zaragoza had gone 16 league and cup games without a win heading into Monday's trip to Espanyol but second-half goals from Paulo da Silva and Juan Carlos earned them a first victory since October 16.

That win was not enough to lift Manolo Jimenez's side off the foot of the table, and they started this weekend's fixtures still a massive 10 points adrift of safety, but Postiga hopes the triumph can spark an upturn in fortune.

"It was very important to beat a team doing so well in the league after going so long without a victory. I'm sure that this is going to give us a lot of confidence," the Portugal international said.

"We'd been working hard to get a victory before the Espanyol game and we had our chances against Getafe and Rayo, but we didn't have any luck. Now we need to continue improving."

Next up for Zaragoza is Monday night's visit of Real Betis to La Romareda.

Betis also brought to an end a disappointing run of their own with an impressive victory in their last match, downing Athletic Bilbao 2-1, but Postiga insists his side have to make home advantage count if they are to survive the drop.

"It's true that from now on every game is a final, especially at La Romareda, where with the support from the stands we must win every game," he said in AS.

"While it's still mathematically possible (to stay up), we must fight for it."

Betis' triumph over Athletic was a welcome result after picking up just one point from their previous four games as they slipped closer to the relegation dogfight

Speaking ahead of the game, Betis coach Pepe Mel said: "The fact that they won in Barcelona makes this game more completed for us. It's vital to win this game. We need to continue with the intensity we showed the other day and it is that which will help us win games."

Best bet: Betis striker Ruben to open the scoring - 11/2