Match ends, Hibernian 1, Queen of the South 0.
Hibernian moved level on points with Scottish Championship leaders Rangers after Dominique Malonga headed a late winner against Queen of the South.
With Rangers losing at Falkirk earlier in the day, the incentive was clear for Alan Stubbs' men.
Liam Fontaine, James Keatings and Jason Cummings all came close as Hibs probed.
And the hosts' pressure told in the fourth minute of stoppage time as David Gray crossed for Malonga to nod past Robbie Thomson.
The visitors defended stoutly all afternoon and were far from happy since the goal came when the ball was dropped to Hibs following to an injury to Kyle Hutton.
Hibs, who visit Rangers on 28 December, started strongly as Fontaine headed wide.
Queens then responded with Mark Millar's free-kick saved by Mark Oxley.
A stinging effort by Cummings was kept out by Thomson and, in the second half, Keatings fired a free-kick over before substitute Malonga's effort was deflected wide.
Queens, for their part, remained a threat and Millar drew another save from Oxley.
Any prospect of a winner looked to have dwindled until captain Gray broke forward from the drop ball and his deep cross was met by Malonga at the back post.
For the second week running, Hibs fans were celebrating a stoppage-time goal as their unbeaten run stretched to 17 games.
- 16StevensonBooked at 65mins
- 17BoyleSubstituted forMalongaat 66'minutes
- 3HendersonBooked at 90mins
- 35CummingsSubstituted forAnierat 67'minutes
- 19KeatingsSubstituted forFeruzat 83'minutes
Queen of Sth
- 1ThomsonBooked at 90mins
- 6HigginsBooked at 90mins
- 8MillarBooked at 82mins
- 10ConroySubstituted forBrownlieat 87'minutes
- 11RussellSubstituted forSmithat 75'minutes
- 9LyleSubstituted forPickardat 82'minutes
- Brian Colvin
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Queen of the South 0.
Islam Feruz (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andy Dowie (Queen of the South).
Liam Henderson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.
Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Hibernian 1, Queen of the South 0. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by David Gray.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Queen of the South. Darren Brownlie replaces Ryan Conroy.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lewis Kidd.
Substitution, Hibernian. Islam Feruz replaces James Keatings.
Substitution, Queen of the South. Jake Pickard replaces Derek Lyle.
Mark Millar (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.
Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mark Millar (Queen of the South).
Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.
Attempt missed. Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kyle Hutton.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Mark Millar.
Attempt blocked. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.