Everton had Apostolos Vellios and Royston Drenthe to thank for scoring late goals that handed them a 3-1 win over Wigan at Goodison Park on Saturday.
David Moyes' side fell behind to Franco Di Santo's first half effort and although Phil Jagielka equalised soon after it looked as though the hosts would have to settle for a disappointing draw.
There were only six minutes left when young Greek striker Vellios fired Everton into the lead before Dutch winger Drenthe, signed on loan from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day, bagged the decisive third goal in stoppage time.
Those late goals allowed Moyes to breathe a sigh of relief after he opted to leave out France striker Louis Saha despite his lack of attacking options.
Saha, who has made only two appearances this season, reacted to being left out of the squad by venting his frustration on micro-blogging website Twitter, but Everton were eventually able to thrive in his absence.
Seamus Coleman's stooping header was turned around the post by Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi in the early stages.
Wigan took the lead in the 31st minute and Moyes will have been furious with the way Di Santo was allowed to collect Ben Watson's near-post corner and turn inside Leon Osman before firing in a shot which deflected off Tony Hibbert and past Tim Howard for his third goal of the season.
Having previously struggled for goals the Argentinian has now scored more this season than in his previous three-and-a-half years in England.
However, the lead lasted just 97 seconds as Osman's inswinging corner was met by a powerful Tim Cahill header which crashed against the crossbar, rebounding for Jagielka to head home from close range.
Despite that leveller Everton laboured for much of the second half, prompting Moyes to send on Drenthe and fellow loan signing Denis Stracqualursi.
But it was the third substitute Vellios who landed the crucial blow, the 19-year-old rising highest to head Hibbert's cross into the far corner of the net.
Wigan substitute David Jones hit the crossbar from long range but Drenthe raced through to poke past Al Habsi in the eighth minute of injury time to give Everton their first home win since May.