COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- A fortuitous bounce was all it took for the Rapids to put an end to plenty of frustration.
Joseph Nane capitalized on a rebounded ball in the 38th minute, sliding home the only goal of the match to lift the Colorado Rapids to a 1-0 victory over rival Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer action on Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The result put an end to Colorado's six-match losing skid, and an eight-match winless skid against Salt Lake, with the Rapids earning their first win in the series since May 2, 2009.
The Rapids outshot RSL 16-4 overall, but managed just three of those shots on target.
Real dropped to 13-8-3 (42 points) and trails idle San Jose by two points with 10 matches remaining in the regular season. The Earthquakes, however, have a match in hand.
With RSL's recently congested fixture slate, including a trip to Costa Rica for CONCACAF Champions League play earlier this week, boss Jason Kreis elected to rotate portions of his line as midfielder Jonny Steel and forward Justin Braun made starts in place of Will Johnson and Fabian Espindola. Both players came on as second-half substitutes.
Forward Alvaro Saborio, the team's leading scorer, only played in the first half before coming off.
Colorado (8-14-1) had been outscored 11-4 during its losing skid. The Rapids hadn't collected a point since a 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers on June 30.
Matt Pickens became the franchise's winningest goalkeeper. He made one save as he posted his sixth shutout of the year and 38th of his career in gaining his 40th win with Colorado. He had been tied at 39 with Marcus Hahnemann.
Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan became the 15th player to appear in 300 MLS games.
Real Salt Lake has been shut out in its past three road games.
* DC UNITED 1, CREW 0: At Washington, Chris Pontius scored four minutes after halftime to lift D.C. United to a win over the Columbus Crew and give United its seventh-straight home victory.
Pontius' team-leading 10th goal pushed United (11-7-3) within one win of tying the club record of eight straight home wins, set in 1998.
Andy Gruenebaum made six saves for the Crew (8-8-4), who failed to build on a two-game win streak for the third time this season.
United remains in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while the Crew failed to make up ground on fifth-place Chicago -- and the conference's final playoff spot.
* IMPACT 2, UNION 0: At Montreal, Andrew Wenger headed in a goal just before halftime and Felipe Martins added another in the 79th minute for Montreal.
The Impact (9-13-3), who are 8-3-2 at home, opened a seven-point lead on eighth-place Philadelphia (7-11-2) in the Eastern conference, although the Union hold five games in hand.
Both clubs played the final 21 minutes with 10 men after Montreal's Nelson Rivas and forward Jack McInerney were shown red cards after a shoving match.
* SPORTING KC 1, REVOLUTION 0: At Foxborough, Mass., Teal Bunbury scored in the 20th minute and Kansas City clinched the three-match season series against New England with two wins and a tie.
Sporting KC (11-8-4) snapped a three-match winless streak (0-2-1).
New England (6-11-5) had its winless skid extended to five matches (0-4-1), having scored just two goals over the span. The Revolution were shutout in all three matches against Sporting KC this season.
New England has just one win among its last nine matches (1-4-4) and slipped to 5-3-3 at home.
* FIRE 2, TORONTO FC 1: At Bridgeview, Ill., Austin Berry and Marco Pappa scored to help Chicago snap a two-game winless streak.
Berry headed Pavel Pardo's free kick over Toronto goalkeeper Milos Kocic from 10 yards out in the 84th minute after Pappa tied the match from close range in the 64th minute, firing a right-footed shot between the post and defender Richard Eckersley.
Pappa's misplay in the 16th minute led to Ryan Johnson's goal for Toronto.
Chicago (10-7-5) is fifth in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto (5-13-4) played the last 11 minutes of regulation plus four minutes of stoppage time a man down after defender Logan Emory was ejected for a pair of yellow cards, both for rough tackles.