Raul Garcia opened the scoring from a well-worked free-kick after three minutes before Diego Costa lofted in his 25th goal of the season 60 seconds later.

And Diego Godin rounded off the scoring when he headed home the third 17 minutes from time.

Atletico now lead Barcelona and Real Madrid by three points, but Barca can reclaim top spot when they host Rayo Vallecano later on Saturday.

After three consecutive defeats in league and Cup it was imperative for Diego Simeone's men to get back to winning ways if they were to maintain their title challenge and they couldn't have made a better start.

Garcia fired home his 10th goal of the campaign from the edge of the area from Gabi's free-kick.

Costa then doubled his side's advantage as he raced onto Koke's ball over the top and lobbed the ball over the advancing Diego Marino.

Atletico then eased off after their initial burst and Valladolid threatened to get back into the game at the start of the second-half when Javi Guerra volleyed just over.

Mario Suarez nearly made the game safe when he saw his header come back off the bar from Koke's corner.

However, Atletico did get a third goal from another corner 10 minutes later when Godin headed back across goal into the far corner to leave Martino stranded.

Simeone then had the luxury of replacing Koke and Arda Turan with one eye on their return to Champions League action away to AC Mila as David Villa made his return from injury, suggesting he may be fit to start at the San Siro on Wednesday.