Barcelona beware: Benzema's getting back to his best! Real Madrid winners, losers & ratings from vital win in Bilbao
Even Carlo Ancelotti celebrated.
Real Madrid had been under pressure for 20 painful minutes before Karim Benzema scored, swivelling his body towards goal before guiding a left-footed volley into the bottom corner, with his manager punching the air in joy.
And with good reason.
Benzema's goal, his sixth in six games, broke the deadlock in an otherwise edgy contest with Athletic Club on Sunday night, paving the way for a 2-0 win that keeps Madrid within touching distance of Barcelona in the La Liga title race.
Madrid didn't quite have their typical control against a direct Athletic side. The home team created more and stretched Madrid's back line with regularity.
But Los Blancos were kept in the game by a magnificent performance from Eduardo Camavinga. The 20-year-old controlled the midfield almost single-handedly, roaming around the centre circle, flying into tackles and launching attacks.
Toni Kroos may have been the midfielder to add a second goal in the 90th minute, but Sunday's result was down to Camavinga's maturity and Benzema' early composure.
Below, GOAL runs through the winners and losers from a vital victory that drags Madrid back to within three points of Liga leaders Barcelona...