Bologna ended their win drought by beating Hellas Verona 1-0 in Serie A, celebrating a first victory since November following a run of three defeats and five draws.
Meanwhile, relegation-threatened Torino could manage only a goalless draw at home to promoted Spezia, despite their opponents being reduced to 10 men for most of the match.
Saturday’s win for Bologna was sealed by Riccardo Orsolini, who scored from the penalty spot in the first half after Verona goalkeeper Marco Silvestri brought down Roberto Soriano.
It helped Bologna ease their fears of being dragged into a relegation battle as they moved eight points above the bottom three.
Verona remained ninth, four points below the Europa League qualifying spots.
In Torino, Spezia midfielder Luca Vignali was initially shown only a yellow card for his sliding challenge on Nicola Murru inthe eighth minute but that was upgraded to a red on video review as the tackle was also studs-up and high.
Despite being down to 10, Spezia nevertheless outplayed Torino comfortably, with the home side barely having a sight of the target.
Torino, though, did have two goals ruled out – one for offside and another for a foul on the Spezia goalkeeper – and Cristian Ansaldi hit the post as the home side upped the pressure in the final 10 minutes.
The Turin side remain a point from safety and five points below Spezia.