Valencia climbed to seventh with 27 after a 2-1 victory at Granada.
Granada were a man down from the 34th minute, when Mikel Rico was harshly shown a second yellow card for a handball against Valencia.
The hosts took the lead in the 50th minute, however, when Brayan Angulo's audacious shot with the outside of his left foot looped into the top corner.
The game was threatening to boil over as Granada sought to break up the flow, but Valencia levelled when Jonas powered in a header from a corner in the 59th.
Ernesto Valverde's side kept up the pressure and were rewarded when the lively Pablo Piatti slotted in at the back post to seal the victory eight minutes from time.
In the late game, Emir Spahic stabbed home a scrappy 83rd-minute winner as Sevilla overcame basement side Osasuna 1-0 at home to go 12th with 22 points.