Chelsea climbed to third place in the Premier League as John Terry's double inspired a 3-0 win at west London neighbours Fulham.
Rafael Benitez's team bounced back from the disappointment of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat against Manchester City in emphatic fashion.
Brazilian defender David Luiz marked his 100th Chelsea appearance by opening the scoring in the 30th minute with a superb long-range strike.
And Chelsea captain Terry, back in the starting line-up along with Frank Lampard after both missed the semi-final, headed in the second from Juan Mata's cross two minutes before half-time.
Terry struck again in the 71st minute with a header from Fernando Torres's cross.
The Blues are now one point ahead of fourth placed Arsenal and three ahead of fifth placed Tottenham in the race to qualify for the Champions League.