Chelsea required Juan Mata’s 93rd minute goal to cut the gap to the Premier League’s top four as they beat Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge.
Branislav Ivanovic gave The Blues a controversial lead in the second half, before Mohamed Diame smashing The Latics level.
But after Fernando Torres hit the post with a volley, Mata converted the follow up.
The west-Londoners are three points behind Tottenham Hotspur in the race for Champions League qualification after a drab draw with Sunderland.
Arsenal split the pair, but can reestablish their lead over Chelsea, and extend it over Spurs, if they beat Manchester City on Sunday.
Liverpool salvaged their ninth home draw of the season through Luis Suarez’s header eight minutes from time.
Chris Herd swept Villa ahead, but after Daniel Agger's header hit the bar, Suarez reacted first to steal a point.
Everton missed the opportunity to stretch their lead of The Reds to four points as Grant Holt netted a deserved late equaliser.
Nikica Jelavic scored once either side of Jonny Howson’s first ever-Premier League goal, but Holt made sure of the point.
Clint Dempsey continued his remarkable season as Fulham maintained their top-half position by inflicting upon Bolton Wanderers their 20th league defeat of the season.
The American scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season to hand The Whites a first-half lead, with Mahmadou Diarra scoring his second goal on his temporary spell to round off a comfortable win.
West Bromwich Albion all but secured their Premier league status as Blackburn Rovers remain in the bottom three following their third defeat in four games.
Martin Olsson’s unfortunate own goal set Albion on their way at seven minutes, but they had to wait until mid-way through the second half to confirm the three points as Marc-Antoine Fortune and Liam Ridgewell struck.
And finally, Wolverhampton Wanderers are still six points adrift of safety, but with only six games left after Stoke City came from behind at the Britannia Stadium.
Michael Kightly followed up his goal against Bolton Wanderers by giving the visitors the lead, but Robert Huth and Peter Crouch gave Tony Pulis’ side the vital win.