Cape Town - Orlando Pirates exacted revenge on Free State Stars with a 1-0 win in a PSL clash at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
Victory moves the Buccaneers up to sixth on the log standings, Stars remain eighth.
Pirates have been devastating in attack of late and after nine minutes they were a goal up. Free-scoring Tendai Ndoro continuing were he left off last week - Makola with a neat flick to play in his teammate who made no mistake - firing past Johnny Mathole.
The Buccaneers dominated the first-half with the woodwork coming to Ea Lla Koto's rescue on two occasions.
Ndoro saw his left-footed rocket canon off the crossbar two minutes after his opener with Thabo Matlaba denied by the up-right in the 34th minute.
The hosts broke up-field and after Makola slipped in Matlaba the the former Stars fullback guided his shot onto the post, Sifiso Myeni pounced onto the rebound, but was denied by Mathole - the Stars goalkeeper with a super save.
Stars looked a better side after the break and were only denied a point by Brighton Mhlongo who made a reflex save to keep out a rasping drive from Danny Venter ,late in the second-half.
Victory for Pirates keeps the heat on the top five with Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs now within their reach.