Forest Rangers coach Perry Mutapa on Friday night won his one-match ultimatum in absentia following a 1-0 home win over promoted New Monze Swallows at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Forest came into the match on the back of five successive league defeats with the last one, a 1-0 away loss at relegation battling Napsa Stars in Lusaka whom they handed their third win of the 2018 campaign.
But Forest delivered for their coach who is away as part of the Zambia U20 bench in Burundi where they face the hosts on Sunday in a 2019 U20 AFCON qualifier decider.
Stand-in coach Masauso Tembo ensured all their jobs were saved when striker Damiano Kola scored the game’s lone goal in the 83rd minute.
Forest move one notch up to 11th on 32 points displacing Kitwe United who play on Saturday away to Nkwazi.
Swallows stay last with fourteen games left to try and conjure a miracle in their debut top flight campaign on 13 points from 25 games played.
Meanwhile, Napsa jumped moved three places inside the bottom four relegation zone following a stunning 2-0 away win over 10th placed Buildcon.
Forgotten striker Bornwell Mwape scored a brace in the 37th and 71st minutes to hand Napsa their second successive win, raising hopes of surviving the drop.
Mwape’s goals marked a memorable debut for the striker who spent two miserable seasons at Nkana.
Napsa have 19 points, two behind 16th placed National Assembly whom they host next weekend with fourteen games left to play.
Buildcon are 10th on 34 points a week after they lost 2-0 away at fourth placed Zanaco.