ZINEDINE ZIDANE secured a huge boost to his job security as Real Madrid got back to winnings ways against Sevilla.
Karim Benzema netted the winner at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday to put Los Blancos second in La Liga.
The Spanish title race is set to be very tight this year with just one point separating the top-six - which doesn't even include Barcelona.
Madrid had only won two of their opening five games of the season when heading to Sevilla and coach Zidane was under pressure following the shocking 3-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain.
After 64 minutes, Benzema nodded home the winner from almost the exact same spot he missed a gilt-edged chance in France on Wednesday.
And Real produced a solid defensive performance in Andalusia, preventing their opponents from successfully landing a shot on Thibaut Courtois' goal.
Such a performance led to Zidane calling it his "best game" since returning to the Bernabeu dugout.
It also came against the man who replaced him last summer, Julen Lopetegui going unbeaten as Sevilla boss until this game.
Zidane told reporters: "This is the game that leaves me the most satisfied since I came back.
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"We had difficult moments, but the players' solidarity was obvious."
Eden Hazard put in an improved display on the virtually absent full debut he made against PSG, playing almost the full match and still looking for his first Real goal.
Real next go to Osasuna for a midweek La Liga clash in pursuit of new leaders Athletic Club, who have conceded just once in their five matches thus far.