Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young maintained the Aston Villa resurgence with the second-half goals that saw off battling Wigan 2-1.
Gerard Houllier's side pulled themselves further away from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone as they followed up last weekend's uplifting win over Manchester City in impressive fashion at the DW Stadium.
James McCarthy marked his return from injury by pulling one back as Villa finished in nervous fashion, but the visitors hung on to leave Wigan, with just one win in nine, in trouble in the bottom three.
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