Carlos Bacca gave Cristian Brocchi a winning start to life as AC Milan coach as the striker's second-half goal sealed a 1-0 win at Sampdoria.
The Colombian's smart finish, which came shortly after he had missed a great chance to open the scoring, ended a five-match winless streak for the visitors, a run of form which had cost Brocchi's predecessor Sinisa Mihajlovic his job.
Milan had taken two points from 15 going into the match, all but ending their hopes of catching fifth-placed Fiorentina. Last Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Juventus proved the final straw for Mihajlovic, with Brocchi placed in charge until the end of the season.
And the former Milan midfielder stopped the rot at the first time of asking to leave Samp with work still to do to guarantee their Serie A status.