Alvaro Morata's second-half winner secured Atletico Madrid a 1-0 victory at Granada on Monday, taking Diego Simeone's men into the La Liga top four.
Atletico are a distant 11 points adrift of surprise league leaders Girona.
Visitors Atletico made a slow start against their second-bottom opponents, but Rodrigo Riquelme forced Granada goalkeeper Augusto Batalla into a good save in the 31st minute, seconds before Antoine Griezmann rattled the crossbar.
Morata broke the deadlock, though, in the 55th minute with a header, from a Griezmann cross, which survived a VAR check for offside.
Samuel Lino then struck the bar, before Saul Niguez's effort was ruled out by VAR for offside.
Griezmann hit the woodwork for a second time late on when his attempt came back off the post, but Atletico were able to close out just their second league win in five games.