NAC Breda and Sparta Rotterdam boosted their survival prospects with wins on Saturday.
NAC fell behind against NEC Nijmegen but fought back to claim a 2-1 win while Sparta Rotterdam thumped bottom club RBC Roosendaal 5-0.
NEC forged ahead in the first minute thanks to Said Bouthar's strike, although the home side were level through Anouar Diba after 15 minutes.
Vitor Santago fired the home side ahead for the first time 10 minutes after half time and the game was up for NEC when Jeffrey Leiwakabessy saw red late on.
Sparta had no trouble at all against relegated RBC although they only led 1-0 at the interval.
Marvin Emnes' 33rd minute opener gave the home side the lead, but it was the second half until the floodgates opened.
Ivan Cvetkov make it 2-0 straight after the interval with Yuri Rose and a brace from Jason Oost settling a comfortable victory.
Heracles Almelo have closed to within three points of RKC Waalwijk following a 2-0 win at the Mandemakers.
Goals after half time from Kwame Quansah and Gert-Jan Tamerus secured the three-point haul for Heracles.