The Frenchman remains under pressure but he did his chances of avoiding the axe the power of good with a 1-0 victory at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
It took a freak own goal from Sevilla goalkeeper Bono but Madrid earned a 1-0 win on Saturday that ended a run of three games without a win in La Liga.
This was a solid first step, then, on a treacherous path. But it must be followed by another on Wednesday and a third next weekend for Zidane to be able to breathe easily again and avoid the swing of president Florentino Perez’s axe.
This is also Real Madrid, after all. Zidane is not safe yet.