Pat Fenlon claimed his first point as Hibernian manager but was denied victory as Inverness came from behind for a 1-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League draw at Easter Road.
Garry O'Connor netted an eighth-minute free-kick for his first goal since September 28 - when Hibs beat St Johnstone for their only home win since February - but Jonny Hayes easily cut through the Hibs defence and levelled after 41 minutes.
The result saw 10th-placed Inverness, who also hit the post through Richie Foran, retain a four-point lead over Hibs, who moved a point clear of bottom club Dunfermline.
Hibs took the lead at against Dundee United at Tannadice on Saturday and did so again on Wednesday, Roman Golobart knocking recalled forward Danny Galbraith over as he forged forward, presenting Hibs with a free-kick on the edge of area.
O'Connor, who was returning following a toe injury as one of four changes, stepped up and whipped the ball into the top corner for his 11th goal of the season.
But the visitors equalised four minutes before the interval when Hayes slalomed through the Hibs defence, beat Galbraith and the space opened up to allow him to hit a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.
O'Connor was booked for simulation after going down in the Inverness box while trying to find an opening. He had been accused of diving to win a penalty in the defeat of St Johnstone and won an appeal against a two-match ban, but the yellow card appeared valid on this occasion.
Galbraith shot over attempting to lob Ryan Esson after a flowing Hibs move involving David Wotherspoon, Leigh Griffiths and O'Connor early in the second half.
Midfielder Martin Scott replaced Leigh Griffiths in the 63rd minute and was in close attendance when a handball appeal against Kenny Gillet was dismissed following a free-kick into the area.
Fenlon put Ian Murray on for Ivan Sproule for the final seven minutes to shore up the defence further as the manager seemed satisfied to settle for a point.