Match ends, Peterborough United 2, Gillingham 0.
Peterborough strengthened their grip on the final League One play-off spot with victory over Gillingham.
Britt Assombalonga opened the scoring with his 30th goal of the season, firing past Gills goalkeeper Stuart Nelson at his near post.
Skipper Tommy Rowe doubled their lead with a 20-yard drive that crashed in off the underside of the bar.
Assombalonga earned a penalty when he was felled by Bradley Dack but saw his tame spot kick saved by Nelson.
Peterborough now hold a six-point advantage over MK Dons, who are one place below in seventh.
Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:
"I thought it was a convincing win. The first goal was very important because people were getting a little frustrated.
"We didn't want to do anything different to the gameplan. My only disappointment was it should have been more than two goals.
"We know Tommy (Rowe) can get a goal from midfield. That's one of his strengths. It's perhaps an area of the pitch we don't get enough goals from."
Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:
"It was a very disappointed goal to give away in the first half and you've then got to stick together and fight like mad and I think we did that.
"If we'd had more belief in passing the ball, then we might have asked a few more questions of Peterborough.
"We've got another couple of wins in us. They're prepared to put the work in so it's going to be tight."
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- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Peterborough United 2, Gillingham 0.
Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
Joe Martin (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.
Conor Washington (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).
Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jack Payne.
Substitution, Peterborough United. Craig Alcock replaces Kgosi Ntlhe.
Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.
Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.
Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Joe Martin (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United).
Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).
Steven Gregory (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Jack Payne (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).