DEN BOSCH, February 13 (Eredivisie) - De Graafschap erased the memory of last week's 7-2 mauling by Feyenoord with a crucial win against bottom side Den Bosch at the Ecco Stadion.
Goals in the last 20 minutes from Jhon van Beukering and Milan Berck Beelenkamp boosted the visitors' survival hopes and condemned the home side to their eighth consecutive defeat.
De Graafschap had the game's first chance with barely two minutes gone but goalkeeper Kris Mampaey produced a good save to keep out Ricardo Sousa's free-kick.
Den Bosch were next to threaten as Charlie van de Ouewland forced keeper Jim van Fessem into action before Garry De Graef and Sousa linked up well but Mampaey proved equal to the latter's shot.
The home side were having the better of the first half and would have broken the deadlock after 25 minutes but for De Graef's instinctive goal-line clearance from Peter Uneken's header.
Five minutes later and it was De Graafschap's turn to curse their luck. New signing Glenn Loovens' cross was met by Van Beukering but the striker was unfortunate to see his header smack the upright as the first period ended goalless.
Den Bosch again came close to edging in front 10 minutes after half-time but Mourad Mghrizat saw his shot cleared off the line by defender Dave Bus.
It proved a vital intervention as Gert Kruys' men took the lead against the run of play after 70 minutes when Renier Robbemond's cross found Van Beukering who fired the ball past Mampaey via the post.
De Graafschap sealed the points in stoppage time when Mampaey could only parry substitute Patrick Ax's shot into the path of Milan Beelenkamp for the simplest of tap-ins.