Two-time Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow and Kuban Krasnodar both clinched narrow away wins on Saturday to join Dynamo Moscow on top of the Russian Premier League table all on four points.
Kuban started their match at Tomsk in lively fashion and took the lead in the sixth minute on a rapid counter-attack through Senegalese forward Ibrahima Balde, who scored from just inside the box.
Kuban Dutch midfielder Aras Ozbiliz added a second seven minutes later, firing home from just inside the area. Tomsk striker Kirill Panchenko reduced the arrears in the 24th minute, beating Kuban 'keeper Alexander Belenov with a well-executed 20-metre freekick but failed to save the day for the hosts.
"We started well and scored twice early," Kuban manager Igor Osinkin said. "But after the hosts scored we lost control of the play and that led to a nervous ending.
"Luckily we kept our lead through and earned three points. I don't think that many of the league's teams will manage to repeat our success."
Lokomotiv take the lead
Meanwhile, after a goalless first halftime in Nizhny Novgorod, Lokokmotiv jumped into the lead in the 63rd minute when their Brazilian forward Maicon scored with a close-range header from Alexander Samedov's well-struck free-kick.
But Volga levelled just four minutes later through their forward Mulumba Mukendi of Democratic Republic of Congo, who upset Lokomotiv goalkeeper Marinato Guilherme with a powerful 19-metre shot.
Russian international defender Roman Shishkin scored Lokomotiv's winning goal with three minutes to go, firing into the top left corner with a precise freekick.
In the last match of the day Amkar Perm recorded a 1-1 draw with hosts Terek Grozny to go joint top of the table.
Terek were in command from the start and went ahead in the 12th minute when their forward Igor Lebedenko fired past Amkar goalie Sergei Narubin from close range after a fine piece of good individual skill in the area.
But the hosts failed to keep their lead as Amkar's Slovakian forward Martin Jakubko pulled his side level ten minutes after the break with a close-range header from a well-executed freekick.