Feyenoord`s refusal to give up on the Eredivisie title was evident again tonight as they put NAC Breda to the sword to leave the top of the table extremely condensed.
With leaders AZ Alkmaar not in action until tomorrow`s tough-looking trip to Vitesse Arnhem, Feyenoord took the chance to move to within two points of them, albeit having played a game more.
Ajax and FC Twente are just a point behind AZ in second and third, with Feyenoord one of three more teams in hot pursuit a point further back after this win.
The victory kicked off with a third-minute Otman Bakkal opener and, although Mer Bayram levelled, goals from Ruben Schaken and Sekou Cisse sealed it.
Bakkal`s opener was the sign of a side flowing with confidence.
The ball went through Kelvin Leerdam and John Guidetti before reaching Bakkal, who pulled the trigger from midway inside the area to leave Jelle Ten Rouwelaar with no chance.
NAC responded with Robert Schilder hitting wide, before Jordy Clasie`s header from a Leerdam corner flew off target.
NAC then levelled, with Bayram finding space between Erwin Mulder and his near post, with a deflection catching the keeper cold.
But Ronald Koeman`s men hit back and were 2-1 up in the 32nd minute, with Cisse and Karim El Ahmadi linking up to play in Schaken, whose strike was too hot for Ten Rouwelaar to handle.
Two became three before the break, with Guidetti racing the length of the field before squaring for the waiting Cisse who crashed in via the underside of the bar.
The goal rush ended there, with the next chance coming with 22 minutes left as NAC`s Tim Gilissen hit high and wide.
Feyenoord could have made it four had El Ahmadi shown better composure in the area, while NAC had the last notable opportunity, with Santi Kolk blazing wide.