Zenit St. Petersburg hit back from 2-0 down to register an impressive 4-2 win at Amkar Perm in their first game since the sacking of Dick Advocaat. Advocaat was dismissed on Monday with Anatoly Davydov, Zenit's youth team coach, taking temporary charge.
Davydov's tenure got off to a poor start with a Martin Kushev double giving Amkar a commanding lead inside 14 minutes. Igor Semshov and Igor Denisov levelled matters before the break and second-half strikes from Szabolcs Huszti and Sergey Kornilenko won it for Zenit.
Amkar's frustration boiled over late on with Vyacheslav Kalashnikov sent off for picking up his second yellow card.
The win took Zenit up to seventh, still ten points behind leaders Rubin Kazan, who defeated Terek Grozny 4-0. Alexander Bukharov hit a hat-trick for the hosts to add to an Alejandro Dominguez effort.
Spartak Moscow are a point adrift after edging out city rivals FC Moscow 2-1. Yevgeni Makeev netted an 87th-minute winner after FC Moscow's Zvonimir Vukic had cancelled out Pavel Yakovlev's opener.
CSKA Moscow stay third despite losing 2-1 to Lokomotiv in another capital match-up, Dmitri Sychev scoring a last-minute winner for the home side.
Dinamo Moscow are now level on points with CSKA after Alexander Kerzhakov grabbed the only goal at Rostov. Khimki stay rooted to the foot of the table after losing 3-1 at home to Krylya Sovetov, while Spartak Nalchik, one point and one place better off, went down 1-0 at Saturn Moscow.
Third-bottom Kuban Krasnodar lost 1-0 at Tomsk after Djordje Jokic scored in the final minute.