Vitesse Arnhem strengthened their bid for a European spot with a deserved away victory over freefalling FC Groningen.
Marco van Ginkel and Jan-Arie Van Der Heijden put Vitesse in charge with goals either side of half-time and although Groningen pulled one back through Dusan Tadic's 68th-minute penalty, the visitors sealed the points with a late Mike Havenaar strike.
Vitesse have now picked up back-to-back victories since losing three matches on the trot, helping to move them six points clear of ninth-placed Groningen, who have lost six of their last seven matches.
Despite their poor recent form, Groningen created the first two opportunities of today's match but Maikel Kieftenbeld fired over and Tadic could only hit the wall from a free-kick just outside the area.
Tom Hiariej then saw a long-range effort go just wide as the hosts sought the opener.
It would be Vitesse who made the first breakthrough, though, with Van Ginkel netting in the 42nd minute after picking up Wilfried Bony's pass and slotting in a low shot from inside the area.
That was a big setback for Groningen but worse was to follow 11 minutes into the second half as they fell 2-0 down.
Home goalkeeper Luciano da Silva could not keep hold of Alexander Buttner's free-kick from the edge of the area and Van Der Heijden had the simplest of finishes from point-blank range to double his side's lead.
Groningen gave themselves a lifeline by halving the deficit 12 minutes later when Tadic slotted in from the penalty spot after Guram Kashia had brought down Hyun Jun Suk in the area.
Buoyed by that goal, Groningen then came within inches of drawing level two minutes later when Matias Jones' header from a Tadic cross struck the crossbar.
Another Tadic delivery saw Groningen go close again with four minutes left, but Luis Pedro's close-range header was saved by Piet Velthuizen and their hopes of a point were ended when Vitesse made it 3-1 in stoppage time through Havenaar's header.