Michael de Leeuw's second-half double helped De Graafschap scramble off the bottom of the Eredivisie table with a convincing 3-0 win over Utrecht at the Stadion De Vijverberg.
Heading into the game on the back of six straight league losses, the hosts secured the points that lifted them above Excelsior in the automatic relegation position, and into the play-off places.
It was a surprisingly easy win for Richard Roelofsen's side over their mid-table opponents, who had done De Graafschap a favour by beating Excelsior last Friday.
The hosts were on top from the start with Jan Paul Saeijs heading a Gil Vermouth cross over the bar in the 11th minute, and three minutes later Yuri Rose volleyed into the arms of Utrecht goalkeeper Erik Cummins.
De Graafschap's opener finally arrived in the 22nd minute when the busy Saeijs crossed from the left and an error from Cummins allowed Rydell Poepon to fire home the rebound from close range.
Edouard Duplan had a good chance for Utrecht four minutes before the break and they might have been level just after the interval when the same player ran at goal and shot just the wrong side of the post.
De Graafschap went further ahead in the 62nd minute when de Leeuw headed his first from a Vermouth corner, and six minutes later Vermouth himself came close with another header.
Gregor Breinburg shot over the bar as the home side continued to dominate, and they wrapped up their excellent win two minutes from time when Poepon fed de Leeuw to stroke home into the far corner.