Orlando City snapped a four-match winless streak by overcoming Real Salt Lake 1-0 thanks to Will Johnson in MLS.
A heavy defeat to Chicago Fire and draws with Seattle Sounders, Montreal Impact and the former had Orlando struggling for form.
But Johnson's 17th-minute strike ended Orlando's rut at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday.
A Kaka free-kick proved troublesome for RSL as Johnson popped up to smash home the rebound against his former team.
With the win, Orlando improved to 29 points – four adrift of third-placed New York City and six behind Eastern Conference leaders Toronto FC.
RSL, meanwhile, are second from bottom in the west and five behinds outside of the play-off positions.