Match ends, Ross County 1, Hibernian 0.
Ross County secured their Premiership safety after Richard Brittain's penalty gave the Dingwall side victory over Hibernian.
The midfielder crashed the ball beyond Ben Williams after Jordan Slew had been brought down by Scott Robertson.
County had the best chances with Yoann Arquin and Jordan Slew going close.
The Dingwall men now cannot finish in the relegation play-off spot but Hibs, who face Kilmarnock at home on Saturday, remain in danger.
And with Killie and Partick Thistle playing on Wednesday evening, Hibs may go into the final weekend in the dreaded 11th place.
County started in nervy fashion and were guilty of a string of slack passes as the visitors dominated possession.
Jason Cummings had the first sight of goal after a fine through-ball from Danny Handling, but the Hibs hitman's effort from just inside the box was well saved by Mark Brown.
That was the only flurry of excitement in the final third in the opening exchanges, but the home side finally threatened after 20 minutes.
A corner kick was flicked on by Yann Songo'o but, after it fell to the feet of Arquin, Liam Craig slid in to block his effort.
County almost hit the front when Brittain's free-kick from the right was superbly headed on by Arquin, only for the ball to bounce back off the post.
That sparked a response from Hibs and Craig had a glorious chance to open the scoring from a corner, but he could not direct his six-yard header on target.
The hosts had the first chance of the second half when Filip Kiss fed Melvin de Leeuw down the left and he hung up a delightful back-post delivery for Brittain, whose header was well saved by Ben Williams.
Rocco Quinn came on for Stuart Kettlewell before the hour as Staggies boss Derek Adams signalled his intent to push for the opener.
And a few minutes later County got it from the penalty spot.
De Leeuw and Arquin linked up superbly down the left and when the ball was fired into the centre, Slew was downed by Robertson.
Brittain took the responsibility and made no mistake, drilling the ball into the corner of the net with Williams well beaten.
Slew then had the chance to double the hosts' lead but after some great work to get himself free in the box he was unable to beat Williams.
James Collins came on for Handling as Hibs stepped up their bid for a leveller, but it was County who looked the more dangerous.
Slew then fired a left-foot effort over the bar after bursting into the box following a fine through-ball from Alex Cooper.
Hibs almost made County pay for that miss but Cummings nodded just wide of target.
The visitors applied some late pressure and Collins went close with a header, but they could not muster an equaliser and their Premiership fate will now be determined when Kilmarnock visit Easter Road.
- 11De LeeuwBooked at 53minsSubstituted forCooperat 64'minutes
- 4KettlewellSubstituted forQuinnat 57'minutes
- 25SlewSubstituted forCareyat 89'minutes
- 27ArquinBooked at 90mins
- 19HandlingSubstituted forCollinsat 72'minutes
- 7HarrisSubstituted forWatmoreat 64'minutes
- 8RobertsonBooked at 63mins
- 35CummingsSubstituted forHaynesat 84'minutes
- John Beaton
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Hibernian 0.
Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Danny Haynes (Hibernian).
Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).
Scott Robertson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Yoann Arquin (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Ross County. Graham Carey replaces Jordan Slew.
Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).
Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Erik Cikos (Ross County).
Danny Haynes (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Hibernian. Danny Haynes replaces Jason Cummings.
Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Jordan Slew (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Duncan Watmore (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Alex Cooper (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is too high.
Substitution, Hibernian. James Collins replaces Daniel Handling.