David Moyes lives to fight another day after Real Sociedad thumped 10-man Levante in Valencia.
Carlos Vela struck his first goal of the season to set the visitors on their way, before Imanol Agirretxe notched before the interval.
Asier Illarramendi scored the first goal of his second spell at the club, before Vela notched again to put a gloss on the victory.
Moyes' men rise to 14th in the table and after pressure in recent weeks this victory will give him some breathing space.
They next hsot Celta Vigo, go away to Las Palmas, then host Sevilla, before a trip to the Camp Nou at the end of November.