Dani Parejo’s 81st minute penalty saw Valencia secure all three points against Celta Vigo on Saturday evening.
Los Che suffered their first league defeat of the season last week, losing 1-0 to Getafe – but they bounced back in style with a hard-fought win over ever-improving Celta.
Italian striker Simone Zaza has been in superb form this season and scored his 10th league goal of the season after he stole in the at the near post to flick Parejo’s corner.
Valencia’s opener then saw them slip and take their foot off the gas and allow the visitors to get on the ball.
Impressive Iago Aspas, who is a constant goal threat – then grabbed an equaliser a minute after the restart.
A deflected cross came into the box and Maxi Gomez’s effort fell to Aspas, who poached home from inside the six yard box.
Chances then came for both sides, but the win was sealed for the home side nine minutes from time as Nacho Gil tumbled under a weak challenge and referee Jose Luis Munuera awarded the spot kick.
Parejo stepped up and made it 2-1 to secure a win and put pressure on league leaders Barcelona, who face Villarreal on Sunday evening.