Javier Aguirre has described his Espanyol side's 2-0 win over Malaga as 'an important step' towards safety.
Goals from Diego Colotto and Sergio Garcia gave the Periquitos the three points that takes them 11 points clear of the drop zone.
And the Mexican Coach has admitted that his men look likely to avoid relegation come the end of the season.
“Undoubtedly, this game is an important step,” he told a Press conference. “Any team with 35 points at this stage of the season is taking a major step forward.
“My team worked well today against a great rival who were euphoric after the other night.”