Reigning Russian champions and Premier League table-toppers CSKA Moscow battled back from a goal down to clinch a 2-1 win over Amkar Perm at the Khimki Arena on Friday.
The result moved the Red Army side on to 17 points from seven matches to stay top of the league irrespective of the other results this weekend. Lokomotiv Moscow and Rostov, who take on Zenit St Petersburg and Dynamo Moscow respectively on Sunday, share second spot on 13 points.
CSKA found themselves trailing 1-0 in the very first minute when Amkar's midfielder Georgi Peev fired home a rebound from close range after a CSKA mix-up in defence.
CSKA replied positively, pinning the guests back and in the 23rd minute their Côte d'Ivoire forward Seydou Doumbia received defender Vasily Berezutsky's precise 50-metre pass into the Amkar box and slotted the ball home with a low shot.
Six minutes later CSKA's attacking line suffered a serious blow as their manager Leonid Slutsky was forced to substitute Doumbia for Switzerland midfielder Steven Zuber after the striker strained his hip muscle and was unable to continue playing.
After the interval CSKA still dominated play, keeping the visitors' defence under constant pressure and in the 77th minute Nigeria striker Ahmed Musa netted the hosts' winning goal with a precise shot from the edge of the area.
"We showed strong character today as we managed to win after allowing the guests to score in the first minute," Slutsky said. "Unfortunately today we lost Doumbia too early as he suffered a hip muscles spasm and is undergoing medical examination. I hope his injury wasn't serious. We will need him in the Champions League matches."