Ayanda Patosi played the full game for Lokeren’s in their 2-1 loss at Mechelen, their third defeat in a row, while Darren Keet was also on the losing side with Kortrijk as they went down 2-1 at home to second placed Zulte-Waragem to slip out of the top six.
Everton trailed into the 90th minute, but after Pienaar had netted the rarest of goals – with his head – Nikica Jelavic found a winner to send The Toffees faithful into delirium.
Pienaar was named Man of the Match after the game as he put in a superb all-round performance that confirmed he is back to his best after a slump in form last month.
Kagisho Dikgacoi suffered disappointment with his English Championship side Crystal Palace as they were held 2-2 by Blackpool, the former club of their new coach Ian Holloway.
Palace looked on course for the win before the visitors equalized in the last minute. Palace stay in second place and the automatic promotion places, but are now three points behind leaders Cardiff City.
There was no place on the Leeds United bench for the fit again Davide Somma, but he is expected to make his comeback to football after 18 months out in a reserve team fixture against Birmingham City on Wednesday.
He was due to have played in the reserves against Wigan last week, but that game was postponed due to heavy rain.
Dean Furman played for Oldham in their 2-0 win at Colchester, a vital three points against their fellow strugglers in League One.
Neither Kamohelo Mokotjo or Thulani Serero featured for their Dutch Eredivisie sides this weekend. Mokotjo is out of favour at Feyenoord, while Serero is expected to play for the Ajax Amsterdam reserves on Monday as he continues his comeback from a hamstring injury.