A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick fired Real Madrid to a 4-1 derby win at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday to restore their four-point cushion on Barcelona at the top of the Primera Liga.
Ronaldo opened after 25 minutes with Gustavo Falcao getting the equaliser for Atletico after 55 minutes before the Portuguese star wrapped up his hat-trick to make it 40 league goals for the season, one more than Lionel Messi.
Jose Callejon got the other goal for La Liga leaders.
Barcelona had moved to within a point of Real Madrid on Tuesday after a 4-0 win over Getafe, with six games now remaining including a meeting between the top two on April 21.
"After Barca's win yesterday there was a bit of pressure, but we're happy with that and we have to look to win the rest of our games," said Ronaldo.