Spartak Nalchik clinched their third win of the season to go top of the Russian Premier League following a confident 5-2 victory over Rostov.
Nalchik have 10 points from four matches, two ahead of Terek Grozny, who beat Samara 2-0, and reigning champions Rubin Kazan, who were held to a goalless draw at Ramenkoye.
Midfielder Vladimir Dyadyun netted a double to secure Nalchik's well-deserved win and take his season's tally to four goals.
"The championship has just started," said Nalchik boss Yury Krasnozhan. "But I hope the fact that we top the table gives my players confidence."
Nine-time champions Spartak Moscow dropped points again as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Tomsk.
Forward Sergei Kornilenko gave Tomsk a 1-0 lead with a precise spot-kick in the eighth minute after Spartak goalkeeper Soslan Dzhanaev fouled full back Georgy Dzhioev. Spartak levelled through Brazilian marksman Welliton, who scored from Sergei Parshivlyuk's cross in the 29th minute.
Valery Klimov restored Tomsk's lead after a piece of good individual work just five minutes later. However, Brazilian midfielder Ibson swept home a rebound after Sergei Pareiko's blunder just two minutes after the interval to give Spartak a point.