Goals from Robert Koren and David Meyler ensured Hull beat Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield and secured a third Championship victory in a row.
Skipper Koren, 32, benefited from some slack marking from left-back Joel Lynch to convert Stephen Quinn's low cross.
Manager Steve Bruce's players impressed against his former club, and midfielder Meyler shot into an open goal in injury time to secure the points.
Hull's Alex Bruce was sent off after the final whistle for violent conduct.
The Tigers are now level on points with Middlesbrough, with the pair sitting narrowly behind second-placed Crystal Palace who occupy the final automatic promotion spot.
Hull dominated the game from the off and deservedly went in front courtesy of midfielder Koren's fifth goal of the season as he finished from six yards out following an impressive move.
Their lead should have been doubled just before the half-time whistle but centre-back Jack Hobbs, who started in place of the injured Paul McShane, headed Robbie Brady's glorious cross wide when it looked easier to score.
Huddersfield improved after the break, but were unable to turn their possession into chances, and on current form look like they could be drawn into a relegation battle as their winless run stretches to six games.
While Meyler's second goal in consecutive games settled any Hull nerves, they now look set to be without Bruce after Huddersfield striker Alan Lee went down from a push to the chest despite him appearing to strike the centre-back in the face with a forearm.
Hull manager Steve Bruce:
"It was an excellent performance and we were the better team by a million miles. Our only Achilles heel is our conversion of chances that we create.
"We are appealing his red, you can understand why. I knew there must have been something in it for him to react like that.
"I thought it was cowardly by Alan Lee, I thought more of him, I have had a pint of Guinness with him, I have played his guitar and I thought more of him.
"Cheat is the right word for him, I don't use that lightly but that's the right word for him. He's 15-and-a-half stone and he went down like that."
Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson:
"It is disappointing because we did a lot of work on trying to match Hull and the way they played and inside eight minutes we were a goal down to something that we had worked to prevent.
"We tried to change formation and get something out of the game, but it was disappointing that we didn't create too many opportunities and when you look back [Hull goalkeeper] David Stockdale has not had too much to do.
"We will just have to work hard on the training pitch. We have got a lot of belief and confidence the players have got what it takes to go on a run at the other end of the table and that we can compete in those reaches again.
"I didn't see what Alan [Lee] has done, but if he has done something he will probably get punished. I don't know what will happen, but he deserves punishing if he's shown to have done something."
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Saturday, 15 December 2012
08 Evans (Cairney 63)
10 Koren (Faye 90+2)
29 Quinn yellow card
31 Meyler yellow card
30 Brady (Rosenior 81)
05 P Clarke
04 Norwood (Lee 70)
11 Ward (Atkinson 60)
24 Southern yellow card
09 Novak (Beckford 60)
Ref: H WebbAtt: 16,488
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+5:39 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+4:03 James Vaughan has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
90:00+3:05 Assist on the goal came from Jay Simpson.
90:00+3:05 GOAL - David Meyler:Hull City 2 - 0 Huddersfield David Meyler scores a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Hull 2-0 Huddersfield.
90:00+1:37 Liam Rosenior takes the direct free kick.
90:00+1:37 Substitution Abdoulaye Faye comes on in place of Robert Koren.
90:00+1:37 Unfair challenge on Robert Koren by Adam Clayton results in a free kick.
90:00+1:13 David Meyler takes a shot.
87:54 David Meyler takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.
84:47 Adam Clayton takes a outswinging corner.
81:36 Tom Cairney takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.
80:28 Stephen Quinn decides to take a short corner.
80:28 Substitution (Hull) makes a substitution, with Liam Rosenior coming on for Robbie Brady.
80:06 The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance by Joel Lynch.
79:18 The ball is sent over by Jack Hunt.
77:13 Jack Hunt sends in a cross, David Stockdale makes a save.
76:45 The ball is swung over by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.
76:11 Adam Clayton delivers the ball, clearance made by Alex Bruce.
75:10 Robert Koren takes a shot. Alex Smithies makes a save.
74:24 The ball is sent over by Jack Hunt, Headed effort from inside the area by Jermaine Beckford misses to the left of the target.
73:10 Robert Koren produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
72:48 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robbie Brady.
72:23 Ahmed Elmohamady takes a short corner.
72:14 The ball is swung over by Ahmed Elmohamady, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.
70:36 Jermaine Beckford concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Brady. Free kick crossed by Robert Koren.
70:23 The ball is crossed by Tom Cairney, clearance by Peter Clarke.
69:35 James Chester takes the free kick.
69:35 Substitution Alan Lee on for Oliver Norwood.
69:35 Tom Cairney fouled by Chris Atkinson, the ref awards a free kick.
68:53 The ball is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady.
67:24 The ball is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady, Shot from 12 yards by Jay Simpson.
65:21 Jack Hunt challenges Stephen Quinn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Koren crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed
from left wing, Peter Clarke makes a clearance.
65:07 Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball.
64:14 James Vaughan concedes a free kick for a foul on Ahmed Elmohamady. Direct free kick taken by James Chester.
63:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joel Lynch by Ahmed Elmohamady. Alex Smithies takes the direct free kick.
63:30 The ball is sent over by Stephen Quinn.
62:41 Substitution Corry Evans goes off and Tom Cairney comes on.
61:44 Corry Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Clayton. Free kick crossed right-footed by Oliver Norwood from right wing.
61:34 Adam Clayton delivers the ball, Alex Bruce makes a clearance.
60:21 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Smithies.
59:17 Substitution Chris Atkinson on for Daniel Ward.
59:17 Substitution (Huddersfield) makes a substitution, with Jermaine Beckford coming on for Lee Novak.
59:00 Peter Clarke produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
55:34 David Meyler is caught offside. Free kick taken by Alex Smithies.
55:18 Jay Simpson takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Gerrard.
53:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Vaughan by Ahmed Elmohamady. Oliver Norwood crosses the ball from the free
kick right-footed from left wing, James Chester manages to make a clearance.
51:35 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Oliver Norwood from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Joel Lynch
goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
51:35 Booking The referee cautions David Meyler for unsporting behaviour.
50:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Koren on Joel Lynch. Anthony Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.
49:42 Ahmed Elmohamady produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
49:26 The ball is swung over by Lee Novak, James Chester makes a clearance.
48:30 Shot from just outside the box by Jay Simpson goes over the bar.
47:32 Corner taken by Robbie Brady from the right by-line to the near post.
47:18 Robbie Brady takes a shot. Alex Smithies makes a save.
45:49 The offside flag is raised against David Meyler. Alex Smithies takes the free kick.
45:01 The second half begins.
45:00+1:12 The ref blows to signal half-time.
45:00+0:31 The ball is delivered by Joel Lynch, save made by David Stockdale.
44:56 Corry Evans crosses the ball.
44:44 A cross is delivered by Robert Koren, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.
44:25 Robert Koren takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Adam Clayton.
44:05 Robert Koren takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Gerrard.
42:09 Unfair challenge on Ahmed Elmohamady by Daniel Ward results in a free kick. A cross is delivered by Robbie Brady, Close range
headed effort by Jack Hobbs clears the crossbar.
41:04 Anthony Gerrard challenges Jay Simpson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robbie Brady takes the direct free kick.
40:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robbie Brady on Jack Hunt. Free kick taken by Oliver Norwood.
39:15 Daniel Ward produces a cross, clearance by Jack Hobbs.
34:58 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robert Koren, Joel Lynch makes a clearance.
34:47 A cross is delivered by Robbie Brady, blocked by Jack Hunt.
33:39 Robert Koren takes the inswinging corner, Oliver Norwood makes a clearance.
33:29 The ball is crossed by Robbie Brady, Peter Clarke gets a block in.
32:15 David Stockdale takes the direct free kick.
32:15 Booking Keith Southern is cautioned.
32:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Southern on David Meyler.
31:59 Adam Clayton produces a cross, Alex Bruce manages to make a clearance.
30:29 Peter Clarke takes the direct free kick.
30:29 Booking Stephen Quinn goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
30:21 Stephen Quinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Clayton.
29:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Ward on Ahmed Elmohamady. David Meyler restarts play with the free kick.
27:10 The ball is sent over by Robbie Brady, save by Alex Smithies.
26:41 Foul by Adam Clayton on Stephen Quinn, free kick awarded. Stephen Quinn takes the free kick.
25:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Corry Evans by Keith Southern. Ahmed Elmohamady takes the direct free kick.
22:56 Lee Novak produces a overhead kick right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
20:48 The ball is delivered by Daniel Ward, save by David Stockdale.
20:10 The ball is crossed by James Vaughan, Alex Bruce makes a clearance.
17:13 Stephen Quinn fouled by Keith Southern, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Quinn restarts play with the free kick.
16:54 Corry Evans takes a shot. Alex Smithies makes a save.
16:08 The ball is swung over by Adam Clayton, James Chester manages to make a clearance.
15:58 The ball is swung over by Adam Clayton, Alex Bruce makes a clearance.
15:07 The ball is delivered by Robbie Brady, clearance made by Peter Clarke.
14:29 Robert Koren decides to take a short corner.
14:15 The ball is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.
11:49 The ball is delivered by Keith Southern.
7:47 Assist on the goal came from Stephen Quinn.
7:47 GOAL - Robert Koren:Hull City 1 - 0 Huddersfield Robert Koren grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hull 1-0 Huddersfield.
6:54 Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball.
6:31 Jay Simpson takes a shot. Peter Clarke gets a block in.
6:11 Stephen Quinn crosses the ball, clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.
5:30 Foul by Adam Clayton on Robert Koren, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Robert Koren.
3:49 Robbie Brady concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Clarke. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.
2:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ahmed Elmohamady by Daniel Ward. Direct free kick taken by David Stockdale.
0:00 The match has kicked off.
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