Feyenoord strengthened their grip on fourth place in the Eredivisie with a 2-1 win at Heerenveen, while league rivals FC Groningen suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to ADO Den Haag on Sunday.
The Rotterdammers bossed the early stages and established a 2-0 lead inside 16 minutes thanks to goals from teenage winger Jean-Paul Boetius and midfielder Lex Immers.
Heerenveen pulled one back through a Kenny Otigba header on the stroke of half-time but could not find an equaliser.
The win keeps Feyenoord on the heels of the top three, Vitesse Arnhem, Ajax and FC Twente, all of whom won on Saturday.
Feyenoord boss Ronald Koeman told the club's website: "After the results from Saturday we knew we would have to play catch up and only three points would do.
"This is therefore a crucial victory which was deserved despite a tough second half.
"This is a great achievement for the team, which offers good prospects for the remaining matches up to the winter break."
FC Groningen slipped three points behind Feyenoord after a surprising 2-1 home defeat to ADO Den Haag.
Michiel Kramer handed the visitors a 32nd-minute lead but that was cancelled out when Johan Kappelhof levelled with 11 minutes to go.
Den Haag came again, however, and won it through Tom Beugelsdijk four minutes later.
Oussama Tannane came off the bench to score twice and hand Heracles a 3-1 win at Roda JC.
Tannane's first goal, just a minute after his 78th-minute introduction, handed the visitors a 2-1 advantage and his second nine minutes later ended the contest.
His goals capped a fine comeback after Heracles' Simon Cziommer had earlier cancelled out Wiljan Pluim's 18th-minute opener.
Go Ahead Eagles dragged themselves away from the immediate danger towards the wrong end of the table with a 4-1 thrashing of PEC Zwolle.
Goals from Doke Schmidt and Erik Falkenburg put the home side in a commanding half-time position and further strikes from Jarchinio Antonia and Jop van der Linden, the latter from the penalty spot, completed the rout before Stefan Nijland pulled one back.