Real Madrid are up to sixth in La Liga following their 5-1 win at home to Deportivo.
It's three important points for Jose Mourinho's team, but the gap between them and Barcelona remains eight points. City rivals Atletico are also comfortably ahead with 16 points in the league so far.
Can we take this to be a continuation of the important wins against Manchester City and Rayo? Are Real Madrid back to winning ways with plenty of scoring options in the squad?
The team selection from Mourinho was interesting, and the team didn't look to shy away once it fell behind. It was a performance that was surprising considering the upcoming and important El Clasico.
It would have been easy to expect Real to struggle for goals at home and have their minds elsewhere. But an opponent like Deportivo may have been just what Real Madrid needed ahead of this important week both domestically and in Europe.