The Crew are sitting nicely in the playoff standings after the much-needed win, while D.C. United drops further out of the wild-card picture.
In a crucial game for the Eastern Conference squad, the Crew picked up a 2-1 victory over D.C. United Sunday afternoon at Columbus Crew Stadium, snapping a six-game winless streak.
United fell further out of the final wild-card spot, currently held by the New York Red Bulls.
D.C. United's Daniel Woolard began the scoring in the first half, but the defender was also responsible for an own-goal before the half. The winning goal was scored by Eddie Gaven in the 60th minute.
Gaven's diving header from 12 yards out marked a triumphant return from a two-month absence. The midfielder had been out since suffering a bruised bone on his right leg on Aug. 5.
The Crew moved ahead of Houston and Philadelphia and are sitting in second place in the East with 44 points, one behind first-place Sporting KC.