Heracles Almelo capped a memorable week with a 3-1 home win over 10-man FC Utrecht to further ease their relegation worries.
After president Jan Smit hailed the midweek 4-2 KNVB Beker semi-final win at AZ Alkmaar as the "high point in the history of the club'' the Heracles players ensured there was no league hangover today.
Samuel Armenteros fired them ahead after just three minutes and while Cedric van der Gun levelled on 54 minutes the game turned on Alje Schut's dismissal soon after.
Ninos Gouriye ensured they made full use of the advantage as he struck a double in the final 10 minutes to move Heracles eight points clear of the relegation play-off zone.
Both sides began the day five points ahead of danger but Heracles were gifted the early lead following a blunder from away goalkeeper Junior Fernandez.
The Paraguayan completely missed Mark Looms' left-wing cross to leave Armenteros with a simple task to score.
It was the only goal of a poor first half with Fernandez making the only other save of note when he reacted well to keep out Everton's free-kick.
Utrecht had offered next to nothing before they drew level on 54 minutes through Van der Gun, who needed two goes at converting Edouard Duplan's cross from close range.
Utrecht's hopes of an away point nosedived on 68 minutes when Schut was sent off for a second caution.
The away side spent the rest of the match on the back foot and their defence broke with 10 minutes remaining, with Fernandez again at fault as he let Gouriye's volley slip over the line.
The former FC Twente forward then grabbed his second on 86 minutes after a neat combination with Kwame Quansah.