Genclerbirligi had threatened to cause a shock when Serkan Calik's 32nd-minute goal gave them a half-time lead.

They managed to protect the advantage until the 68th minute when Burak Yilmaz smashed a fierce shot into the right corner, and a header four minutes later from substitute Coelho Jaja put the hosts 2-1 ahead.

Umut Bulut put the finishing touches to the victory with another headed goal, meeting a cross from deep on the right with a precise finish.

The three points take Trabzonspor level on points with Bursaspor, albeit having played one more match than the Champions League outfit who play Ankaragucu tomorrow. They have a superior goal difference to Bursaspor, so sit top tonight.

Antalyaspor climbed to third place with a 1-0 victory over Konyaspor, courtesy of a 31st-minute strike from Kerem Seras. Konyaspor, who sit second-bottom, had substitute Emre Toraman sent off in the last minute.

In mid-table, Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK beat Gaziantepspor 1-0 with Tevfik Kose on target.