Gareth Bale concluded a three-month goal drought in La Liga to grant Real Madrid a nervy 1-0 win away to basement club Huesca on Sunday, taking his team back to the top four at the expense of Alaves.
The Wales forward, who had not found the net within the league since September 1 but had scored in the Champions League, gave Real Madrid a perfect begin by volleying home a cross from Alvaro Odriozola within the eighth minute.
Huesca bottom of the table with a meagre seven points and without a win since the opening day of the season, didn't lay down against the european champions though, and it took a flying save from Thibaut Courtois to forestall Ezequiel Avila levelling shortly after.
Bale was denied another goal in the last half by Huesca's keeper and the home side laid siege to Real's space in the final stages but fell in need of an equaliser as Courtois tipped a dangerous free kick over the bar in stoppage time and Dani Carvajal created a frantic clearance.
Real's eighth win in 9 games altogether competitions under coach Santiago Solari saw them climb above Alaves into fourth in the standings on 26 points after 15 games, 5 behind leaders Barcelona.