Tony Cottee hit a hat-trick as Everton held off a brave fightback to beat 10-man Swindon Town at Goodison Park.
Cottee set up John Ebbrell's early opener before making it 2-0 himself, and Swindon suffered another blow when Andy Mutch was sent off just after half-time.
Despite that, the visitors battled back to equalise with goals from John Moncur and Paul Bodin.
But Gary Ablett restored Everton's lead in the 71st minute, and Cottee then struck twice in quick succession before Peter Beagrie netted the eighth goal of the match in the 90th minute.
The result left the Toffees 16th with 28 points, while Swindon remained at the bottom of the league with 16 points.
Frank Lampard struck both goals as leaders Chelsea earned a 2-0 win over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
The midfielder scored his first from the penalty spot before half-time and then doubled his tally in stoppage time of the second half.
Chelsea moved 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal, while Spurs dropped to eighth place.