Zimbabwe defender Thomas Sweswe headed home the vital game-winner, sealing Kaizer Chiefs a 1-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in the South African Premiership.
The centre-back nodded in from a Siphiwe Tshabalala free-kick, evading goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands after 12 minutes at Loftus Versfeld.
Sundowns, who would have replaced neighbours SuperSport United as leaders had they won, created numerous chances to equalise but were constantly denied by Chiefs outstanding goalkeeper Arthur Bartman.
"We deserved to win because of our fighting spirt and good performance," said coach Vladimir Vermezovic, who came under renewed pressure after a midweek defeat by SuperSport.
Sundowns coach and former Dutch star Johan Neeskens offered no excuses after the second loss of the season that left his club three points behind three-time champions SuperSport. "We created the better chances but the ball did not want to go into the net. Last Wednesday we converted five of six chances and today it was none out of six. That is football."
Victory for Chiefs gave them a share of third place on 24 points with Free State Stars and Moroka Swallows - four less than SuperSport with 13 rounds completed in the 30-match season.
Early second-half goals from George Maluleka and recent signing Matthew Booth gave Ajax Cape Town a 2-0 home win over Bloemfontein Celtic and moved the 2011 league runners-up into the top half of the table.
In the other championship fixture, Maritzburg United halted a run of losses by forcing a 0-0 draw at AmaZulu in a KwaZulu Natal derby between two midtable teams.