Match ends, Raith Rovers 2, Hibernian 1.
Second-place Hibernian lost their points advantage over Rangers after falling to defeat at Raith Rovers, who boosted their own promotion hopes.
Hibs struck the woodwork twice in a dominant first half with David Gray and Dominique Malonga both going close.
Gray hit a post again, but only after Mark Stewart had volleyed Raith Rovers in front.
Fraser Fyvie levelled from a tight angle but Lewis Vaughan scrambled in a winner late in the match.
Rangers' win over Cowdenbeath moves them on to 55 points with Hibs, who have a superior goal difference in the Scottish Championship.
But the Ibrox club have a game in hand over Alan Stubbs' side.
The side finishing second will enter the play-offs at the semi-final stage while the teams in third and fourth will play off to reach that stage.
The Edinburgh side did mount late pressure after falling behind a second time but could not get another equaliser, with striker Farid El Alagui making his first appearance since August as a substitute.
Raith are now five points behind fourth-place Queen of the South in the race for the final play-off place.
- 7AndersonSubstituted forMcKayat 63'minutes
- 12CallachanBooked at 90mins
- 9StewartSubstituted forNadeat 81'minutes
- 22FyvieSubstituted forBoyleat 85'minutes
- 11StantonSubstituted forCummingsat 66'minutes
- 24MalongaSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 77'minutes
- 9El Alagui
- 29Dja Djedje
- Alan Muir
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 2, Hibernian 1.
Scott Allan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Barrie McKay (Raith Rovers).
Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. David Gray (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Ryan Conroy (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Scott Allan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers).
Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Lewis Vaughan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Foul by Farid El Alagui (Hibernian).
Paul Watson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Hibernian. Martin Boyle replaces Fraser Fyvie.
Goal! Raith Rovers 2, Hibernian 1. Lewis Vaughan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.
Foul by Scott Allan (Hibernian).
Barrie McKay (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Paul Watson.
Substitution, Raith Rovers. Christian Nade replaces Mark Stewart.