VILLARREAL, November 5 (Primera Liga) - Villarreal twice came from behind to pick up three vital Primera Liga points and heap more misery on under-fire Real Betis boss Javier Irureta.
The visitors started the day just two points above bottom side Real Sociedad and with fans calling for the head of the former Deportivo La Coruna coach.
Before the game Irureta vowed to tinker with his tactics and it seemed to have done the trick when first Edu and then Alberto Rivera put them ahead.
But Villarreal, themselves surging up the table after a slow start, equalised on each occasion through Diego Forlan and then Pascal Cygan.
Substitute Ruben Cani grabbed the winner 14 minutes into the second half and some stout Villarreal defending ensured they held on for their fourth win of the season.
Betis, beaten 1-0 at home by Real Mallorca last time out, went ahead from their first attack.
Rivera surged down the left before delivering a perfect cross which Edu headed home from 12 yards out.
The visitors were good value for their lead and almost made it 2-0 after 10 minutes when Jesus Capi's 30-yarder smashed against the bar.
Villarreal keeper Sebastian Viera was called into action seven minutes later, punching clear a dangerous Capi free-kick.
But, as so often happens to teams at the wrong end of the table, Betis conceded shortly afterwards from Villarreal's first attack of note.
Juan Roman Riquelme supplied the pass from the right and Uruguayan striker Forlan converted the chance with aplomb to level matters.
Edu ought to have restored Betis' lead but his header flashed wide of the upright while Viera saved well to deny an Enrique Romero drive.
Betis came even closer after 44 minutes, De Pinho Robert's header hitting the bar after good work from Rivera.
The second half started in similar fashion, with Betis dominating.
And after Robrt had shot wide from close range they finally got their reward after 49 minutes.
Capi headed into the area and Rivera got in front of his marker to nod the ball past Viera.
Again, Betis could not hold on and only eight minutes had elapsed before Villarreal were back on level terms, former Arsenal defender Cygan heading in Riquelme's centre.
Losing the lead for a second time seemed to knock Betis' fragile self-belief and Villarreal capitalised by going in front almost immediately, Cani heading home.
To their credit, Betis did attempt to get back on level terms but long spells of pressure failed to result in an equaliser.
The closest they came was an Edu shot which went wide while Villarreal can point to several chances to make the final scoreline even more emphatic.
Three of them fell to Forlan but the former Manchester United forward failed to add to his tally due to a combination of wayward finishing and some fine work from Betis goalkeeper Pedro Contreras.