Two goals from striker Alvaro Negredo earned Sevilla maximum points in a 2-1 home win over Athletic Bilbao on Monday.
Negredo struck in the fifth and 87th minutes to secure the points and help move Sevilla to 10th place in La Liga, six points behind Malaga in the final European spot.
The goals were Negredo's 15th of the season, taking the 27-year-old past last season's tally of 14.
Carlos Gurpegi equalised for the visitors in the 55th minute but the match was marred by two red cards.
Sevilla were reduced to 10 men in the 73rd minute when defender Fernando Navarro was sent off by referee Antonio Mateu for a second bookable offence.
Seven minutes later Bilbao lost their numerical advantage when French defender Aymeric Laporte was also shown a red card for his second yellow card.