Ajax were let back in the title race after they beat Feyenood on Sunday, while relegation-threatened ADO Den Haag and Go Ahead Eagles both picked up crucial wins.
Peter Bosz's Ajax kept their title hopes alive with a 2-1 win over league leaders Feyenoord at the Amsterdam Arena.
The hosts got off to a dream start when Lasse Schone opened the scoring in the first minute of the match and David Neres doubled their lead nine minutes before half-time.
De Stadionclub could only manage a stoppage-time reply through Michiel Kramer as De Godenzonen closed to within three points of them in second position.
Elsewhere, Vitesse moved into the European places after they beat lowly NEC 2-1 at the GelreDome.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel gave the hosts the lead six minutes into the second half, although they were pegged back by Ferdi Kadioglu's 66th-minute equaliser.
But Vitas secured the victory six minutes from time with Van Wolfswinkel's penalty to climb up to fifth in the table, while NEC are down in 14th spot after suffering a third successive defeat.
Meanwhile, ADO Den Haag boosted their survival prospects after running out 4-1 victors over fellow strugglers Roda JC at the Kyocera Stadion.
The hosts never looked back after Sheraldo Becker gave them the lead in the opening minute, with further goals from Abdenasser El Khayati (28' pen), Mike Havenaar (62') and Guyon Fernandez (87') sealing a comprehensive win.
Mohamed El Makrini grabbed an 89th-minute consolation for De Koempels, who dropped to the foot of the table as the Hague climbed up to 16th place.
Go Ahead Eagles also gave themselves a chance of avoiding the drop as they edged out Twente 2-1 at De Grolsch Veste.
The Tukkers took a slender 1-0 lead into the break courtesy of Enes Unal's 45th-minute opener, but Sam Hendriks (53') quickly restored parity in the second half before Marcel Ritzmaier (66') completed the comeback win.
Kowet moved up one place to 17th as Twente slipped seventh spot, although they are four points clear of the chasing pack in the race for Europa League football.
Vitesse 2-1 NEC
ADO Den Haag 4-1 Roda JC
Ajax 2-1 Feyenoord
Twente 1-2 Go Ahead Eagles