NAC Breda remain just five points above the Eredivisie relegation zone after losing 2-1 at home to Heracles Almelo tonight.
The home side took the lead just before the interval through Jordy Buijs, but conceded twice in six second-half minutes to the dismay of the majority of a 17,000-strong crowd.
There were few clear-cut goalscoring opportunities in the early stages, with both sides no doubt appreciating the importance of the fixture.
But NAC finally made the breakthrough in the 41st minute after Buijs fired into the top right corner with the aid of a deflection following Anthony Lurling's corner from the right.
Buijs then wasted a good chance to make it 2-0 early in the second half, firing over from close range, before Heracles finally threatened soon after with a shot from Samuel Armenteros which was saved by Jelle ten Rouwelaar.
Everton then brought another good save from the home side's goalkeeper before the visitors claimed a deserved equaliser on 77 minutes as Ninos Gouriye rifled a shot home from 15 yards.
Nemanja Gudelj then became the villain for NAC with two moments of madness in quick succession.
Firstly the midfielder turned a cross from Lerin Duarte into his own net to put Heracles in front on 83 minutes, and then he received a red card for an apparent headbutt in the last minute to end any hopes of his side rescuing a point from the game.
Heracles now look safe from relegation with an 11-point cushion over the bottom three.