Nonso Elias scored with a flying header as champions Bayelsa United fell to Enugu Rangers in the midweek’s live fixture on SuperSport.
Rangers struggled to find the back of the Bayelsa net, despite sustained pressure and a succession of fine chances, but Elias calmed nerves frayed to breaking point when bravely flew in to glance in a low cross.
Shooting Stars claimed only their second victory of the season, beating Kaduna United 3-1 with a brace of goals from Hakeem Adebisi and a third from Tope Orelope. Babangida Shuiabu scored Kaduna United's consolation.
Gombe United moved off the foot of the table with a 2-0 win over Champions League semifinalists Kano Pillars.
High-flying Warri Wolves went down 2-1 to Niger Tornadoes in Minna, Ranchers Bees were held 0-0 by Gateway and CAF Champions League finalists Heartland eked out a 1-0 win over Dolphins.
Zamfara United also played out a 0-0 draw with Wikki Tourists and Kwara United beat Sunshine Stars 2-0.
Results Rangers 1-0 Bayelsa 3SC 3-1 Kaduna United Tornadoes 2-1 Warri Wolves Ranchers Bees 0-0 Gateway Gombe United 2-0 Kano Pillars Sharks 2-3 Enyimba Ocean Boys 1-0 Lobi Stars Heartland 1-0 Dolphins Zamfara Utd 0-0 Wikki Tourists Kwara United 2-0 Sunshine Stars