Isco's long-range strike in the 90th minute won the game, but it was his remarkable footwork and curled finish for his first goal that really caught the eye.
"There is no such thing as luck in football, it is down to hard work and effort in every game", continued the Frenchman.
They beat Sporting Gijon 3-2 on Saturday but conceded two sloppy goals, needing a 90th-minute victor from Isco to help them keep title rivals Barcelona at arm's length.
However, even if Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar can be trusted to get the goals, there is no guarantee the Catalans will keep the clean sheet they will nearly certainly need to reach the semi-finals.
Madrid are three points clear of Barca at the top of the table with a game in hand.
It was the goal of a top class player, and led to a barrage of questions postmatch from local reporters who asked whether Zinedine Zidane had been unfair to leave the Spain worldwide on the bench so often.
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"Before the game, we were thinking only about Sporting, but now it changes to Bayern, and later El Clasico". He received the ball on the edge of the area, beat two opponents with a lovely bit of skill with his heel, then fooled the next defender before placing the ball in the top corner of Cuéllar´s goal with a precise left-footed shot.
"I am at the best team in the world, there is no bigger team than Madrid and I feel fortunate", said Isco.
And yet Real's reserves gathered enough composure to equalise soon after once again, this time with Morata producing a good header at the far post to penetrate the home outfit's defence for the second time in the match.
Mikel Vesga's looping header put Sporting, who started the day five points adrift of safety, back in front at the start of the second half. "I want to stay a long time, many years, and I hope I do".
They beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie.
Yannick Carrasco struck twice and Filipe Luis added another goal as third-placed Atletico eased past bottom-side Osasuna. Atletico had two penalties saved, Salvatore Sirigu making two saves in two minutes.
Saturday kicks off with Deportivo la Coruna desperate for a win at home against a Malaga side that has climbed away from the relegation zone, thanks to consecutive wins, reports Xinhua news agency.