Impressive goals from Motherwell midfielder Nicky Law and Hibernian striker Garry O'Connor saw both sides move a point closer to their season targets with a 1-1 draw at Easter Road.
O'Connor found the top corner with a free-kick from 20 yards on the half-hour mark and Hibs looked like repelling Motherwell's second-half pressure.
But Law volleyed home from similar range with 10 minutes left of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter and Motherwell survived a late scare after Jonathan Page was sent off in injury-time.
Results at each end of the table had gone both teams' way on Saturday to leave a point welcomed by both sets of fans. Hibs are now seven points above bottom club Dunfermline while Motherwell end the weekend as they started it, five points clear in the race for a Champions League qualifying place.
Tim Clancy got the first effort on target when his powerful header was caught by Graham Stack after Law's corner but Hibs soon came into the game, with O'Connor and Leigh Griffiths linking up well but unable to carve a shooting chance.
O'Connor lit up the contest after Keith Lasley fouled Ivan Sproule as the winger ran at him just outside the box. The striker fired a powerful effort round the wall and out of the reach of Darren Randolph, who appeared to be unsighted by Clancy's attempts to block.
Tom Soares went close to doubling the lead almost out of nothing in the 48th minute when he curled a shot against the bar from 30 yards.
Michael Higdon soon had a great chance when Chris Humphrey's cross found him six yards out following a short corner but the striker headed over. Lasley and Shaun Hutchinson had shots blocked as Motherwell pushed forward but they were lacking a spark up front and Jamie Murphy replaced Henrik Ojamaa midway through the half.
Hibs were looking comfortable at that point but Motherwell were level with 10 minutes when Law fired home. Omar Daley collected Tom Hateley's pass inside the box and laid it off to Lasley whose clipped cross was headed out by Soares only as far as the unmarked Law. The midfielder brought the ball down and his powerful volley nestled in the corner of the net.
Motherwell pressed for a winner but they were exposed in injury-time when Hutchinson lost possession on the edge of the Hibs box and Page brought down Hibs sub Roy O'Donovan as the pair chased the resulting long ball. Page was shown a second yellow card and O'Connor had the chance to repeat his opener, only to shoot well over.