Tottenham eased the pressure on under-fire manager Jose Mourinho with a 2-0 victory at Aston Villa that moved them into the top six on Sunday.
Carlos Vinicius grabbed his first Premier League goal just prior to the half hour as the visitors snatched the advantage in a first period where neither side offered much in terms of entertainment.
Harry Kane then made sure of the points when he won and converted a 68th minute penalty to net his 27th goal of the season.
Mourinho made several changes following their humbling Europa League exit on Thursday and his players responded by digging out an important win that edges them up to sixth place, just three points behind Chelsea in fourth.
Villa once again lacked inspiration without their injured talisman, Jack Grealish, and failed to have a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes. The hosts improved that stat after the interval but didn’t do enough to truly test Hugo Lloris.
The result means Dean Smith’s men drop to 10th, seven points off Spurs with a game in hand.
Next up, Tottenham visit struggling Newcastle on Easter Sunday. Villa entertain Fulham a day earlier.