Match ends, Queen of the South 0, Hibernian 2.
Dylan McGeouch and Scott Robertson were on target as Hibernian secured victory at Queen of the South.
Hibs defender Liam Fontaine's first-half header was cleared off the line.
The visitors won a penalty for keeper James Atkinson's challenge on Jason Cummings and McGeouch converted.
With the visitors on top, Martin Boyle hit the post before Robertson's impressive strike ensured Hibs doubled their lead to move within two points of second-place Rangers.
Alan Stubbs' team, who lost at Palmerston Park in September, are now unbeaten in seven matches.
And the Dumfries hosts slip out of the play-off places, with Falkirk - 3-2 winners at leaders Hearts - leapfrogging them into fourth spot.
In an evenly-matched first 45 minutes of few chances, Iain Russell almost fired Queens in front in the fourth minute when his shot struck a post while Fontaine' header from a Scott Allan corner was knocked off the goal-line.
The breakthrough came on 63 minutes when Cummings was felled by Atkinson and the goalkeeper failed to make amends for his rash decision as McGeouch tucked away the spot-kick.
Boyle then struck the frame of the goal after slick interplay between Allan and McGeouch and Callum Booth hammered a long-range shot narrowly wide.
Robertson doubled the advantage in style, running on to pass and guiding a shot into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area.
Queen of Sth
- 20AtkinsonBooked at 63mins
- 18McShaneSubstituted forPickardat 82'minutes
- 8MillarBooked at 55minsSubstituted forBurnsat 77'minutes
- 19LyleSubstituted forPatonat 71'minutes
- 20AllanSubstituted forStantonat 83'minutes
- 35CummingsBooked at 30minsSubstituted forHandlingat 90+2'minutes
- 17BoyleSubstituted forForsterat 85'minutes
- Calum Murray
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Queen of the South 0, Hibernian 2.
Substitution, Hibernian. Daniel Handling replaces Jason Cummings.
Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lewis Kidd.
Attempt missed. Callum Booth (Hibernian) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.
Substitution, Hibernian. Jordan Forster replaces Martin Boyle.
Foul by Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South).
Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Hibernian. Samuel Stanton replaces Scott Allan.
Attempt missed. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Substitution, Queen of the South. Jake Pickard replaces Ian McShane.
Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).
Foul by Michael Paton (Queen of the South).
Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Hand ball by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).
Substitution, Queen of the South. Paul Burns replaces Mark Millar.
Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.