Feyenoord moved level on points with third-placed Ajax going into the Eredivisie's winter break as they beat FC Groningen.
Graziano Pelle's double (58 and 87) gave Feyenoord a 2-1 win at home to FC Groningen, who had equalised through Virgil van Dijk on 76 minutes.
Meanwhile, Ajax could only manage a 0-0 draw at FC Utrecht, who had Dave Bulthuis sent off in the last minute.
There was also a goalless draw between RKC Waalwijk and Willem II, with both sides ending the game with 10 men.
Willem II will be happier with the point after surviving Gaby Jallo's dismissal on 38 minutes, while the numbers were evened up in the final minute with the departure of RKC's Teddy Chevalier.
Yet another red card could not prevent Roda JC climbing out of the relegation play-off places with a remarkable 4-2 win at fellow strugglers VVV Venlo.
VVV led 2-0 through Brian Linssen (40) and Barry Maguire (51), but then conceded four goals in 12 minutes as substitute Mikolaj Lebedynski (53), Laurent Delorge (56), Mark-Jan Fledderus (58) and Arnaud Sutchuin (65) turned the game on its head.
Danilo Pereira was sent off just a minute after the fourth goal went in, but Roda held on for the win.