Two goals in six minutes handed Megumu Yoshida his first league win in charge of Sagan Tosu, as they beat Omiya Ardija 3-1 on Saturday.
Yoshida's men closed to within a point of J.League leaders Urawa Reds as the stand-in coach masterminded his first J.League success since taking the reins from Yoon Jung-hwan.
Yoon left his post earlier this month despite leading Sagan to the top of the table after a falling out with the club's hierarchy, but following victory in the Emporers Cup in midweek, Yoshida has wasted little time in picking up where his predecessor left off.
Kim Min-woo's opener for Sagan was cancelled out by Akihiro Ienaga before Kota Mizunuma netted in the 70th minute and Kei Ikeda converted soon afterwards to wrap up victory, keeping Omiya in deep trouble and continuing Sagan's upward curve.
Urawa had hoped to maintain their three-point lead at the top of the table, but in the end they will have been relieved to take a point away from a thrilling 4-4 draw with Tokyo.
The visitors forged ahead with just six minutes on the clock through Tsukasa Umesaki, but a brilliant spell from the hosts saw Tokyo race into a 3-1 lead by the 23rd minute.
Hideto Takahashi, Yoshinori Muto and a Hiroki Kawano penalty turned the game on its head, only for the momentum to swing again.
Urawa brought themselves level as a penalty just before the break from Shinzo Koroki and Tadaaki Hirakawa's goal in the 60th minute set up a gripping final half-hour.
Tokyo thought they had struck a decisive blow when Yoshinori Muto grabbed their fourth with 26 minutes left, but Tadanari Lee struck from the penalty spot 10 minutes from time to ensure it ended level.
Kashima Antlers remain in the hunt at the top as they extended their unbeaten run to eight league games in a 3-1 triumph at Shimizu S-Pulse, while Kawasaki Frontale slipped to fourth following a 2-0 defeat at Yokohama F Marinos.
At the bottom of the table, Tokushima Vortis picked up only their third league win of the season as they beat Albirex Niigata 2-1, but they remain nine points from safety.
Ventforet Kofu and Gamba Osaka treated spectators to late drama as three goals were scored in the final six minutes of their 3-3 draw.
Ventforet edged ahead with a quick-fire double in the dying stages from Ryo Yamamoto and Takuma Abe, but Shu Kurata's 93rd-minute equaliser salvaged a point for Osaka.
Vissel Kobe returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win over visitors Vegalta Sendai, while Nagoya Grampus drew 1-1 at home to Kashiwa Reysol and Cerzo Osaka were held to 0-0 at Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
|Wenger sees Welbeck emerging from torrid struggles|
|Zidane stands by selfless Benzema|
|´Important names´ keen on Inter star Icardi|
|Manchester United v Chelsea: Mourinho and Conte´s feud in their own words|
|Manchester United v Chelsea: Grant´s disastrous debut, Drogba´s ´offside´ goal and other Old Traffor|
|Walker motivated by EFL Cup final showdown with Arsenal|
|Manchester United v Chelsea: ´Specialist in failure´, eye-pokes and Mourinho´s other best rows|
|CONCACAF Champions League Review: America close in on quarters with huge win|
|Keane defends Pogba as former United captain demands more from Lukaku and Sanchez|
|Stoger labels Reus ´indispensable´ amid Milan links|
|Ferdinand and Man United team-mates doubted De Gea|
|Shakhtar would´ve won by more if not for Roma´s Alisson – Fonseca|
|Championship Review: Wolves squander two-goal lead to Norwich, Cardiff City take advantage|
|Mourinho happy with ´big effort´ from Pogba|
|Mourinho questions medical staff after ´bad´ Herrera injury|
|Sarri demands better from Napoli ´buffoons´|
|Mourinho hugs reporter for asking about McTominay instead of Pogba|
|Di Francesco slams Roma: I should have substituted half of them!|
|De Gea happy with ´important´ wonder save|
|Vazquez and Asensio important to Madrid, says Zidane|
|Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Roma 1: Fred stunner seals first-leg comeback|
|Sevilla 0 Manchester United 0: De Gea ensures Mourinho´s men stay level|
|Herrera injury gives dropped Pogba chance for reprieve|
|Firmino insists he did not abuse Holgate|
|Leganes 1 Real Madrid 3: Casemiro inspires comeback for Zidane´s men|
|Milan have everything to lose – Gattuso worried about complacency|
|United a big team in defeat - Mourinho aims dig at City|
|Firmino escapes punishment after Holgate allegation|
|Mourinho benches Pogba for Sevilla clash|
|Gremio refute claims of €40m Arthur agreement with Barcelona|
|Messi will sign another Barcelona contract, predicts Bartomeu|
|UEFA rejects PSG appeal over Rabiot´s Real Madrid booking|
|James to miss ´a few days´ of Bayern training with calf injury|
|Nantes not stopping Ranieri if Italy come calling|
|Milan owner Li slams ´fake news´ over financial woes|
|Wenger still gunning for top four spot with Arsenal|
|AFC Champions League Review: Kanazaki braces inspires Kashima|
|Ospina to get Wembley nod as Wenger waits on Ramsey|
|Pogba not struggling at United, claims Deschamps|
|Escape Messi´s shadow? Change sport! - Henry´s advice to Neymar|
|Horsing around: Muller takes tips from equine companion|
|Ronaldo jets off for a break as Madrid head to Leganes|
|Mistake to let Kroos leave Bayern for Madrid - Sammer|
|Spalletti tips Ancelotti for Italy job|
|Mendy on course for World Cup, says Deschamps|
|Man Utd on dismal knockout run, Roma have Shakhtar curse - Champions League in Opta numbers|
|Azpilicueta hoping for greater fortune at Camp Nou|
|Out of nothing he can score goals – Heynckes hails Muller|
|CONCACAF Champions League Review: Giovinco inspires Toronto, Tigres held|
|Ranieri: I´ll quit Nantes if offered Italy job|
|Barcelona are great even without Neymar – Willian|
|Conte wants to see out Chelsea contract but has bags packed|
|Messi goal will give Barcelona more space at Camp Nou – Suarez|
|Conte defends ´incredible´ Christensen after Barcelona error|
|Bayern taking nothing for granted after 5-0 demolition – Heynckes|
|Valverde: Barcelona away goal not definitive for progression|
|Muller & Robben bemoan poor first half despite Bayern rout|
|Chelsea close to a perfect game against Barcelona - Conte|
|Defending for 90 minutes at Barcelona a ´suicide mission´ - Fabregas|
|Championship Review: Villa miss chance to move into promotion places|
|Messi ends his Chelsea hoodoo|
|Chelsea 1 Barcelona 1: Messi breaks Blues hoodoo to leave tie in the balance|
|Bayern Munich 5 Besiktas 0: Two-goal Muller inspires emphatic win after Vida red|
|De Vrij confirms intention to leave Lazio on free transfer|
|Sanchez move down to Champions League frustration at Arsenal - Mourinho|
|Mourinho suggests Pogba is fit to face Sevilla|
|AFC Champions League Review: Hulk & Oscar lead Shanghai, Jeonbuk Motors hit six|
|Cech expects Ospina to start for Arsenal in EFL Cup final|
|Gueye signs new Everton deal until 2022|
|FA charges Man City and Wigan for failing to control players|
|Aguero faces no action over Wigan fan incident|
|Las Palmas get green light to sign Viera replacement amid Nasri talk|
|FA issues West Ham with anti-doping charge|
|Florenzi a doubt to face Shakhtar, confirms Roma´s Di Francesco|
|Maybe we ´lock him up or tie him up´ – Montella ponders how to stop Sanchez|
|Pogba and Ibrahimovic train with Man Utd ahead of Sevilla tie|
|Zidane hints at resting Ronaldo for Real Madrid´s trip to Leganes|
|Modric adds to Real Madrid injury worries|
|Wolfsburg turn to Labbadia in fight for Bundesliga survival|
|Wigan to investigate pitch invasion after win over Manchester City|
|Drogba ´couldn´t be more proud´ as son signs for Guingamp|
|Stones making no excuses for shock Wigan defeat|
|Bellugi scathing of Inter form and transfer policy|
|Rakitic: I´ve not seen Messi in the gym this often|
|Besiktas face Bayern test, Messi seeks to end drought - Champions League in Opta numbers|
|Sevilla v Manchester United: Montella and Mourinho unified in pursuit of identity|
|Jose Morais: The Mourinho acolyte bringing Barcelona to Barnsley|
|Rakitic: More to Chelsea than just Hazard|
|Klopp tactics behind my form – Salah|
|Young: Man United can win Champions League|
|Messi is best but ´not invincible´, says Pedro|
|It´s a red card – Guardiola accepts Delph sending off amid City´s Wigan woe|