Deportivo La Coruna recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season after a narrow 3-2 win over relegation rivals Real Mallorca. Victor Casadesus gave Gregorio Manzano's side the lead but a wonderful goal from Silvio put Deportivo back on level terms. Carlos Marchena gave the visitors the lead early in the second half and Riki extended their advantage, before Alfaro scored a late goal to set up a tense finish.
It was the fist time the Galicians had won away from home this season and although they remain bottom of the La Liga table, they moved to four points from exiting the relegation zone and survival is now a realistic possibility for Fernando Vazquez's side. With both teams in the relegation zone and fighting for their lives it was always going to be a hard-fought game, but Deportivo's players produced flashes of brilliance and overall were worthy of the three points.
Real Sociedad's push for a top-four finish suffered a slight setback as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Espanyol. While victory would have been a significant boost to their UEFA Champions League aspirations, they may have left the Cornella-El Prat thankful for a point as Javi Lopez's own-goal 14 minutes from time denied the hosts maximum points. It was the second time Sociedad had come from behind in the match, David Zurutuza scoring either side of strikes from Sergio Garcia and Christian Stuani in a busy first half.
Osasuna's hopes of avoiding relegation were handed a huge boost after they came from behind to beat hosts Valladolid 3-1.
An own goal by centre-back Ruben gave the hosts an early lead but two goals by Kike Sola within ten minutes after half-time put Jose Mendilibar's side in the lead, before Miguel De Las Cuevas scored his first goal for the club to make sure of the points. Patrick Ebert made his first appearance for Valladolid in over ten weeks after finally recovering from a thigh injury, while Osasuna were boosted by the return of top scorer Sola, who missed their last league match.
Atletico Madrid failed to reclaim second place in the La Liga table from Real Madrid after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Valencia on a rain-soaked evening at the Vicente Calderon. Jonas gave the visitors the lead on five minutes but Radamel Falcao levelled the score a minute later.
The result was not of much benefit to either side. Atletico remain in third place, failing to capitalise on Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Real Zaragoza on Saturday, while Valencia surrendered fifth position to Malaga and dropped down to sixth and out of the Champions League spots.