Black Leopards continued their remarkable resurgence with a 2-0 victory over Wits University in a PSL match played at a packed Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday.
Under pressure to win, with fellow strugglers Hellenic and Ajax Cape Town having won their respective fixtures on Friday, the Limpopo outfit responded with a masterful performance to leapfrog both Cape sides and move into 12th place.
Duncan Lechesa and Sibusiso Dhlamini were on target for the northern strugglers whose victory was made sweeter by the demise of 15th-placed Bush Bucks, who were hammered 4-0 by Orlando Pirates.
Survival is now a real possibility for Lidoda Duvha as they sit four points clear of the relegation zone with two matches to play.
For Wits, who remain in second place, four points adrift of leaders Pirates, and having played two more games than Roy Barretos side, the defeat may have effectively ended any lingering hopes they had of landing the title.
Leopards, by no mean out of the woods, face Dynamos in a Limpopo derby on May 4 and victory will certainly edge them close to survival.