Reading's top scorer, Yakou Méïté was delighted to add two more goals to his tally for the season - handing the Royals three more points in the process at home to Brentford.
The Ivorian struck twice in the first 15 minutes to give the Royals a two-goal lead - first getting onto a pass from Mo Barrow and slotting in, before nodding in Lewis Baker's free kick with a cross-goal header.
Neal Maupay pulled one back for the Bees on the stroke of half-time, but the Royals held on for the whole second half to earn three crucial points - moving four points clear of the bottom three.
After the match, Méïté said: "I think these points were very important because we played at home, there's the atmosphere and we had to win this game. We did that and we're very happy for that, we just need to keep going.
"Hopefully we're going to stay up - and I think we will, if we play like we did today.
"You need to defend like a team, and we did that. It was difficult, but we showed the fans that we're a team and we can do it together, not with only one or two players.
"We play with 11 players, the bench and the fans - we're very happy for that.
"Mo is my best friend off the pitch, he gave me a great ball and I finished it. It was a brilliant goal. I like this type of game, with this atmosphere, it's important to win and to score if I can.
"It's always better if you score and the team win, we did it today so it's a good day for me and the team. When you score twice in 15 minutes, the game is obviously easier for us.
"We are confident, when we score two in 15 minutes it's better for the result of the game. We'll continue to fight, we know where we are so we can't just relax - especially at home.
"The second half was difficult, but we won, that's the most important thing. It's a perfect day."