Real Madrid dug deep in a 3-0 home win against lowly Alaves, scoring all three in the last 27 minutes of the game after the visitors gave them a few scares early on and threatened to pull off an upset at the Bernabeu stadium.
Madrid entered Saturday's match on frayed nerves following their loss at Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League play earlier in the week, and a listless first half on Saturday led to boos and jeers among the Real Madrid fans.
Marco Asensio roused the Bernabeu in the 63rd minute with a brilliant curled shot into the top right corner from outside the box.
The LaLiga leaders moved up to 57 points from 25 games, seven ahead of Sevilla and 14 clear of Real Betis -- both of whom have a game in hand over Real. Champions Atletico Madrid are fourth with 42 points, three more than Barcelona.