PSV Eindhoven recovered from their defeat to Ajax to get their title bid back on track with a home victory over lowly VVV-Venlo.
Tim Matavz opened the scoring early on and his replacement Memphis Depay added a late second as PSV, who lost 2-0 to Ajax last time out, remained as one of six teams within two points of each other at the top of the table.
Venlo, in contrast, are stuck in the bottom three on 25 points, four behind ADO Den Haag and safety having also now played a game more.
PSV, who also missed a second-half penalty through Ola Toivonen, needed just nine minutes to take the lead as Matavz latched onto Zakaria Labyad's pass before driving a low shot into the bottom-left corner of the net.
That was the start of a first half largely dominated by the home side, who almost doubled their lead in the 23rd minute only for Jeremain Lens to see his shot blocked by the feet of VVV keeper Dennis Gentenaar.
Gentenaar was also called on to keep out a header from Matavz's just before half-time while the PSV goalscorer only just failed to get on the end of a Lens cross into the six-yard box.
VVV briefly threatened at the start of the second half when Nwofor Uche was denied a fine solo goal by a last-ditch intervention by PSV defender Erik Pieters, but otherwise it was the hosts who continued to make most of the running.
Kevin Strootman fired over and Lens was denied by Gentenaar before PSV were handed a great chance to double their lead in the 70th minute when Lens was fouled inside the area by Iamo Vorstermans to concede a penalty.
Toivonen spurned the opportunity though as he fired over the bar from the spot.
It proved not to be a costly miss however as PSV did add a second goal in the 89th minute through Depay.
Depay, who had replaced Matavz in the 65th minute, was on hand to slot home after Pieters' shot had come back off the post.