Swansea moved out of the Premier League relegation zone as Fernando Llorente’s first-half header gave them a precious 1-0 victory over Everton.
Llorente’s 13th goal of the season saw Swansea leapfrog Hull into 17th place, the Tigers punished for their earlier home defeat to already relegated Sunderland.
Swansea are now one point above Hull and firmly in charge of their own destiny with two games of the season remaining.
Everton might have had little to play for as they have already qualified for the Europa League but Swansea had to defend for their lives at times, especially in the closing stages as Paul Clement’s side clung on.
Paul Clement took over when Swansea were bottom of the league (Getty)
The mood at the Liberty Stadium had been lifted by kick-off as news of Hull’s shock defeat filtered down to south Wales.
But it was Everton who created the first opening inside 45 seconds as Romelu Lukaku headed straight at Lukasz Fabianski.
It was tight and tense with so much at stake for Swansea, the midfield was packed full of bodies and chances were at a premium.
Everton shaded possession but did little with it, and Lukaku was admonished by his captain Phil Jagielka on one occasion for losing the ball carelessly.
Swansea were too hurried in the final third but demanded a penalty when Gylfi Sigurdsson tumbled in the area.
They might have been left to stew on referee Martin Atkinson’s refusal to point to the spot, but Swansea were ahead inside 60 seconds when the hard-running Jordan Ayew worked some space on the left.
There was a hint of a push when Llorente scored in the first half (Getty)
Gareth Barry failed to cut out Ayew’s cross and Llorente rose above Jagielka at the far post to send the Liberty Stadium into a frenzy.
The lead was almost doubled four minutes later as Sigurdsson’s centre found Alfie Mawson and the goal-scoring defender was only foiled by a desperate block from Mason Holgate.
Swansea now had a definite spring in their step…