Hibernian moved three points clear ahead of Dunfermline at the foot of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park
Tom Soares, on loan from Stoke, opened the scoring after latching on to Leigh Griffiths' through-ball. Roy O'Donovan extended the advantage when the loanee from Coventry cracked home a stunning 30-yard effort.
Soares grabbed his second goal after 65 minutes when he connected with Griffiths' cross. Dean Shiels' bending free-kick restored some hope for Kilmarnock with eight minutes remaining, however the visitors survived some late pressure to claim the points.
The home fans breathed a sigh of relief early on as goalkeeper Cammy Bell did well to recover Ben Gordon's wayward back-pass, with Griffiths ready to pounce on any error.
Hibs then opened the scoring after 17 minutes with the first scoring opportunity of the match. Griffiths' threaded pass caught the Kilmarnock defence on their heels and Soares controlled brilliantly before slotting beyond Bell. Griffiths fired a shot just over a minute later as the visitors looked to extend their lead.
Poor defending almost led to Hibernian extending their lead when Isaiah Osbourne's header caught out the home defence. Griffiths sped through on goal and forced Bell into a fantastic stop before Soares headed over from the rebound with the goal gaping.
Bell denied Griffiths again minutes later but the visitors extended their lead just 90 seconds into the second half. A loose ball broke to O'Donovan who turned and fired a spectacular effort over Bell and into the net.
The home fans were growing increasingly frustrated at their teams' inability to retain possession and Soares heaped more misery on them after 66 minutes when he lashed home his second goal of the afternoon after another pinpoint delivery from Griffiths.
Kilmarnock gave their fans something to cheer about with eight minutes remaining when Shiels' free-kick left Stack with no chance.
Paul Heffernan's header was deflected past the post as the home side looked to stage an unlikely comeback and Paul Hanlon then had to be alert to clear Lee Johnson's dangerous cross. The home side's late pressure was all in vain however, as the visitors comfortably saw out four minutes of injury-time to claim a vital three points.