FC Twente boosted their hopes of a top-two finish in the Eredivisie with a 2-0 win at NAC Breda.
The 2010 champions had won just once in their previous six matches but goals either side of half-time from Felipe Gutierrez and Dusan Tadic earned them a much-welcomed victory at NAC.
Twente are now a point behind second-placed Feyenoord, who play RKC Waalwijk on Sunday.
Further good news for Twente came from Heerenveen, where PSV Eindhoven crashed to a 3-0 defeat.
PSV started the day level on points with Twente but they appear to be losing form at just the wrong time having also lost at home to Groningen last time out.
They fell behind on Saturday to Bilal Basacikoglu's 31st-minute strike, and then two goals in the last 11 minutes from Rajiv Van La Parra and, almost inevitably, Alfred Finnbogason sealed the victory for Heerenveen.
Finnbogason's goal was his 26th of the season, leaving him well clear at the top of the Eredivisie scoring charts.
There were more red cards than goals in Nijmegen were three men were dismissed late on in NEC's 1-1 draw with Cambuur Leeuwarden.
Geoffrey Castillion's 13th-minute penalty temporarily put second-bottom NEC on course for a valuable victory, but Mart Dijkstra's strike on the stroke of half-time levelled things up.
There were no more goals in the second half but the referee was kept busy late on as Ryan Koolwijk and Rens Van Eijden were sent off for NEC, either side of Marcel Ritzmaier's red for the visitors.
Go Ahead Eagles also had a man sent off in the closing stages against Heracles, but it did not stop them claiming a 2-1 comeback win.
Mikhail Rosheuvel put the hosts ahead in the 36th minute but goals from Deniz Turuc (68) and Erik Falkenburg (74) turned things round for Go Ahead, who then successfully held on for the final few minutes with 10 men following Jarchinio Antonia's dismissal.