Tommy Johnson opened his account for Aston Villa with a 16-minute hat-trick as Brian Little's side beat Wimbledon 7-1.
Wimbledon initially took the lead thanks to Warren Barton, but the visitors' excitement was short-lived.
Alan Reeves levelled the scores a minute later with an own goal, and Johnson then scored three times between the 22nd and 38th minutes.
Dean Saunders added a brace in the second half, his second strike coming from the penalty spot, and Dwight Yorke rounded off the scoring.
Villa's victory moved them two points behind Wimbledon, who were in ninth.
Middlesbrough inflicted Chelsea's first Premier League defeat in more than three months as they triumphed 3-0 at the Riverside.
Fabio Rochemback gave Middlesbrough the lead after just 78 seconds and Stewart Downing doubled the advantage shortly before half-time, while Yakubu struck in the second half.
Chelsea's lead ahead of Manchester United at the top of the table was cut from 15 points to 12, while Middlesbrough climbed one place to 16th.