Amado Guevara scored twice and Dwayne De Rosario posted the eventual winner as Toronto FC beat the injury-ravaged New England Revolution 3-1 in MLS action Saturday afternoon at BMO Field.
It was the club's first-ever victory over the Revolution and its first win in May.
Toronto (4-3-4) moves temporarily into first place in the Eastern Conference, pending later results this weekend.
After a 1-1 first half and some back-and-forth play to start the second half, De Rosario struck 67 minutes in for his fourth goal of the season, set up by Danny Dichio, who from the centre circle saw his teammate racing through a clutch of Revolution defenders.
His pass landed right in front of the charging midfielder, onside and now clear. After waiting for the ball to settle down, DeRo checked keeper Matt Reis for position and fired low to the right for a 2-1 Toronto lead.
Three minutes later, Guevara had his second on the day and fifth of the season, again with a great assist by Dichio.
From a free kick near the left side line, Guevara fired a beautiful cross into the box that kept curling while the big English forward was taking up so much space in front of the goalkeeper that none of the defenders could get to the ball.
Neither could Reis, who was tracking Dichio and didn't realize until too late the ball was going to skim the head of the red-shirted TFC attacker and go straight into the left side of the net for 3-1 at 70 minutes.
"I think it's a massive win for us," Dichio told CBC Sports. "We needed to get the three points."
TFC coach Chris Cummins wasn't altogether impressed, but happy with the win.
"It wasn't a great game," he said. "I think we've played better and lost and played better and drawn.
"But what matters at the end of the day, we had 16 attempts, 10 on target, and put three away and ground out a result."
New England (2-3-4), missing top striker Taylor Twellman all year (he may return next week) and starters Chris Albright and Mauricio Castro, put in a spirited effort but could not keep a clean shop at the back end as TFC attacked.
They did have an encouraging start, however.
Poor beginning for TFC
Given TFC's difficulties scoring at home this season — four goals in six games — watching New England hit the board first wasn't what Cummins was looking for.
A long ball into the 18-yard box by Chris Tierney was met by Revolution forward Shairie Joseph, who headed it past goalkeeper Stefan Frei for a 1-0 lead 13 minutes in.
Joseph had been outnumbered by three TFC defenders, all of whom were caught acting as spectators.
There was hardly time for disappointment as Toronto went on the offensive.
A ball into the box was met by Dichio, who used a knee to put it over to Guevara, who then fired No. 4 on the year past Reis for 1-1 at 14 minutes.