Tottenham snatched the last-place winner with a 1-0 win over Watford on Saturday as Davinson Sanchez struggled to extend Antonio Conte’s unbeaten start.
Sanchez broke Watford’s stubborn resistance in stoppage-time at Vicarage Road.
The Colombian defender’s header gave Tottenham their fifth win in their last seven Premier League matches.
Conte remains unbeaten after eight league games as the Italians continue to revive the club in turmoil when sacked Nuno Espirito was appointed to replace Santo.
Tottenham are fifth, just two points behind fourth-placed North London rivals Arsenal and have two games to go.
Watford are still the only team to keep the Premier League clean-sheet this season and are on the club’s top-flight record of 28 consecutive matches without one.
Claudio Ranieri’s team are just two points above the relegation zone after their sixth consecutive defeat.
To raise hopes of his survival, Watford refused to release Emmanuel Dennis for the Africa Cup of Nations.
A statement from the Nigeria Football Federation said Dennis was pardoned because Watford was a “bearing fang”.
It didn’t take long for Dennis, who has scored eight goals this term, to show why Watford were so keen to keep him.
He created an early chance as he slipped into Juraj Kuka, who twisted to make room for a direct shot at Hugo Loris.
Tottenham were first threatened when Watford’s Craig Cathcart failed to clear Lucas Maurana’s cross and was fired upon by Pierre-Emil Hodgsburg.
Harry Kane scored five goals in his previous appearances on New Year’s Day and was hunting down another with a powerful drive by Tottenham striker Daniel Bachmann.
Hodgeburger provoked Sergio Regulon to a fierce strike from the edge of the area, but Bachmann was right on the brink of an explosion.
Kane should start scoring half an hour after the England captain caught Imran Luza’s rifle error.
He went in front of her immediately after the break, turning his marker over the edge of the area for the increasing effort indicated by Batchman.
Watford focused on keeping Conte’s men away, but they finally took a significant step when Josh King’s shot forced Loris to defend well.
There was only Batchman between Tottenham and three points as Austria thwarted Son Hyung-min’s strike from Maura’s pass.
Watford thought they had won a penalty when Joao Pedro’s raid was thwarted by Loris ‘challenge but, for the Hornets’ frustration, the VAR checks when Tottenham are in favor.
The final stage was delayed by five minutes when physicians rushed to the Graham Taylor stand to deal with an apparently ill supporter.
It turned out to be a turning point as Tottenham beat him in the added time for that stoppage.
The son won a free-kick out on the left and his set-piece was placed perfectly close to Sanchez’s near home.