FC Moscow kept pace with league leaders Rubin Kazan as they beat Kuban Krasnodar 4-1 at home.
Zenit St Petersburg's indifferent season thus far continued as they lost 3-2 at Terek Grozny.
Zenit had been 2-0 down before Sszabolcs Huszti (72) and Pavel Pogrebniak (74) leveled in impressive fashion. However, defender Valentin Iliev popped up in the 89th minute to restore the lead and secure a deserved win.
Elsewhere, Tomsk beat Khimki 4-0, Spartak Moscow drew 1-1 at home to Krylya Sovetov and Lokomotiv Moscow won 1-0 at Amkar Perm.