Match ends, Bristol City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 4.
Brighton got their Championship promotion push back on track with an emphatic win at Bristol City.
Tomer Hemed supplied two goals and scored a third as Chris Hughton's side bounced back from defeat at Cardiff.
Jamie Murphy and former City striker Sam Baldock had the Seagulls two ahead early on before Hemed latched on to Beram Kayal's ball for the third goal.
Mark Little deflected the fourth into his own net, while Kieran Agard hit the crossbar with a late penalty for City.
Victory for Brighton keeps them fourth in the table on an evening when the division's top four sides all won.
Hemed, a summer arrival from Almeria, scored his ninth league goal of the season to effectively wrap up the points on 56 minutes.
He had already showed his creative side for Murphy's early finish from inside the area, and then Baldock's low drive from the edge of the box in the first half.
The Israel international also went close to a second goal when he drilled a long-range shot just over the bar.
On a night to forget for Lee Johnson and his side, they were denied a stoppage-time consolation from the spot when Agard could only strike the bar from 12 yards.
Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson:
"It was a frustrating night. We huffed and we puffed to try and blow their house down, but theirs was made of brick and ours was made of paper.
"It disappointed me that we ran out of ideas after Brighton's first goal and there are no excuses. We weren't good enough on the night.
"There is a positive in the fact that the bottom three all lost and another round of games has gone by, but we want to be looking up the table."
Brighton manager Chris Hughton:
"I was delighted the penalty didn't go in at the end because it would have put a damper on a near-perfect team performance.
"We had to improve because the display at Cardiff wasn't good enough and Bristol have been in good form and we only won comfortably because we did everything right.
"It was as complete a performance as we have put in all season. We are not a team who scores a lot of goals so to get four was very pleasing."
- 25VynerSubstituted forLittleat 63'minutes
- 23BryanSubstituted forWilbrahamat 53'minutes
- 22KodjiaSubstituted forAgardat 74'minutes
- 2BrunoSubstituted forCalderonat 45'minutes
- 5DunkBooked at 50mins
- 10HemedSubstituted forSidwellat 84'minutes
- 9BaldockSubstituted forWilsonat 70'minutes
- David Coote
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 4.
Foul by Kieran Agard (Bristol City).
Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Penalty missed! Still Bristol City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 4. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) hits the bar with a right footed shot.
Penalty Bristol City. Kieran Agard draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Connor Goldson.
Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Luke Freeman.
Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.
Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Attempt blocked. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steve Sidwell replaces Tomer Hemed.
Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Connor Goldson (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Foul by Lee Tomlin (Bristol City).
Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Beram Kayal.