NEC Nijmegen won just their second league match in 10 appearances after recording a 2-0 victory over Excelsior in the Eredivisie on Sunday.
NEC entered the fixture on the back of five consecutive draws in all competitions but put relegation-threatened Excelsior to the sword courtesy of a second-half Niki Zimling brace.
NAC Breda slumped to their third consecutive loss when they were beaten 2-0 by mid-table rivals Heerenveen at Rat Verlegh Stadion, with Luciano Narsingh and Ousama Assaidi the goalscorers.
Roda JC came from behind to steal a point off Ajax in their 2-2 draw at Parkstad Limburg Stadion.
Goals from Miralem Sulejmani and Siem de Jong had third-placed Ajax ahead 2-0 after 35 minutes, but Mads Junker pulled a goal back before the interval and Anouar Hadouir netted the equaliser in the 82nd minute.
De Graafschap held Groningen to a 1-1 draw at the Stadion Se Vijverberg.
Fourth-placed Groningen could have jumped into third with a victory on Sunday following Ajax’s slip-up, and took the lead after 32 minutes through Danny Holla.
But Rydell Poepon restored parity for the home side to ensure a share of the spoils.