Johannesburg - Wits have held on for three hard-fought points in a 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates in an exciting clash at the Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday.
Calvin Kadi scored his first two goals of the season to give the hosts a two-goal cushion going into the half-time break.
The Clever Boys went down to ten men following Phumlani Ntshangase's sending off, but they were able to see out the win.
Wits were off to a quick start and it wasn't long before they took the lead, Kadi pouncing on a woeful Patrick Phungwayo back pass to slot home his first goal of the season.
With the Buccaneers reeling, Wits piled on the pressure and were able to make their dominance count with a second goal on 15 minutes.
Kadi this time profiting from some good work from Sibusiso Vilakazi, turning home a delightful cross to double the Clever Boys' advantage.
Vilakazi came desperately close to adding to Pirates' misery, only for his goal-bound effort to be steered wide by Bucs stopper Siyabonga Mpontshane.
Pirates, though, came close to cutting into the deficit, but Issa Sarr could only fire his header onto the post and out.
Lehlohonolo Majoro had a brilliant chance to pull a goal back shortly after the restart, but fired wide from 15 yards out with only the keeper to beat.
Sifiso Myeni then danced his way into the box, but could only fired wide of Moeneeb Josephs' goal.
Moments later, Myeni set up a chance for Mpho Makola, but he fired high over the cross bar from inside the area.
Pirates continued to be frustrated and it showed in their efforts at Makola once again fired wide of the mark, this time from outside the area.
Things looked up for the Buccaneers on 82 minutes as Ntshangase received his marching orders for a rash and reckless two-footed lunge on Hally Jele.
With a man advantage, Pirates dominated proceedings and substitute Thabo Qalinge nearly scored moments after coming on, only to be denied by a fine Josephs save.
Wits, though, managed to hold on to the three points, which saw move level on points with third-placed Pirates, but remain in fourth due to an inferior goal difference.