Joey Barton's 30-yard rocket sealed a 3-2 win for Manchester City over Charlton on Sunday, while Sunderland salvaged a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.
Barton restored his reputation among the City faithful with a sensational goal on 62 minutes to put the Blues 3-1 up at Eastlands and although Marcus Bent soon headed in Radostin Kishishev's right-wing cross to reduce the deficit, City held on to move ninth in the Premiership.
Ten days after he was jeered by his own supporters after handing in a transfer request, Barton ran away clutching his badge in jubilation after a superb strike which ultimately proved decisive.
Richard Dunne gave City a 22nd-minute lead, slamming home a half-volley from the edge of the area.
Four goals came in 15 minutes in a superbly entertaining second-half spell.
Darren Bent drilled home the equaliser on 51 minutes from Talal El Karkouri's superb through-pass, but £6million new-boy Georgios Samaras nodded home his first City goal three minutes later from Barton's right-wing cross.
Then came Barton's stunner and Marcus Bent's header, and David James had to be alert to keep out a low El Karkouri effort late on.
Earlier, Daryl Murphy's late strike cancelled out Robbie Keane's opener as brave Sunderland held Spurs at the Stadium of Light.
Jermain Defoe sprang the Black Cats' offside trap to cross for his strike partner to open the scoring seven minutes before the break.
Kelvin Davis had earlier saved from Keane and Aaron Lennon and the Irishman had fired wide from another good opportunity, although Sunderland went close through Tommy Miller, Julio Arca and Jon Stead.
The home side looked more lively after the break and should have drawn level when Stead found space on the left and delivered a low cross - but
Liam Lawrence could not make contact.
Sunderland were giving it everything and Paul Robinson held a header from Murphy, before Kevin Kyle fired wide from a good position.
And two minutes from time they grabbed a deserved equaliser when Murphy burst into the box, held off Paul Stalteri and beat Robinson from close range.
Jermaine Jenas had a great chance to win it for Spurs at the death but ballooned his shot over the bar.
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