Moscow: CSKA Moscow shrugged off their midweek Champions League drubbing in Rome with a 1-0 win over Lokomotiv in the Moscow derby on Sunday.
The decisive goal by Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa fired the defending champions to their third consecutive Premiership win and lifted them into second, level on points with Kuban Krasnodar.
It was the perfect tonic after Wednesday`s 5-1 opening Champions League group stage loss to AS Roma.
"The heavy and very upsetting defeat that we`ve suffered at Rome is already in the past," CSKA`s Brazilian wingback Mario Fernandes said.
"We have a strong team and currently we`re completely focused on our domestic league matches. Hopefully, we will manage to extend further our winning series."
CSKA dominated and in the 33rd minute Musa put them 1-0 up, sending the ball into the net from close range off a Seydou Doumbia cross.
"We tried hard to rehabilitate ourselves after the match with Roma, to show we still have strong spirit," CSKA manager Leonid Slutsky said.
"Lokomotiv are very serious opponents under any circumstances. And our win today is a hard but nevertheless a deserved result."
Lokomotiv came into the game having sacked manager Leonid Kuchuk with assistant coach Igor Cherevchenko taking charge.
They looked unimpressive in the first half, failing to create any threat.
Two minutes after the interval Lokomotiv`s Croatian full back Vedran Corluka found the net with a header off a well-struck freekick but his effort was ruled offside.