Match ends, Queen of the South 0, Inverness CT 2.
Inverness CT kept pace with title rivals Dundee United and Ayr United with a hard-fought victory over Queen of the South in Dumfries.
Aaron Doran's goal on the half hour put them in front, and Nikolay Todorov netted in injury-time to seal the win.
The victory ensures John Robertson's side stay within four points of the summit, with leaders Dundee United visiting the Highlands on Saturday.
Stephen Dobbie and Abdul Osman missed chances for Queens, who are seventh.
Queen of the South manager Allan Johnston: "We started well first half then Inverness get a goal which is a bit sloppy from our point of view. I thought second half we were on the front foot for the majority of it and probably should have got an equaliser. But the first goal in this league is vital."
Inverness CT manager John Robertson: "We had to be lively because Queen's were bubbling after their win here against United. I thought second half Queen's pushed on to us but we defended really well and we looked a threat on the break. We took the chances at one end and didn't make any mistakes at the other."
Queen of Sth
- 2MercerBooked at 67mins
- 25PatonSubstituted forMurrayat 45'minutes
- 19El Bakhtaoui
- 9HamiltonSubstituted forOliverat 74'minutes
- 2RooneyBooked at 60mins
- 3TremarcoBooked at 82mins
- 10Doran CoganSubstituted forWalshat 68'minutes
- 20CurrySubstituted forStoreyat 60'minutes
- 28MacGregorSubstituted forVincentat 78'minutes
- Steven Kirkland
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Queen of the South 0, Inverness CT 2.
Goal! Queen of the South 0, Inverness CT 2. Nikolay Todorov (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Walsh.
Attempt saved. Tom Walsh (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Gary Oliver (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT).
Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).
Miles Storey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Connor Murray (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).
Foul by Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Queen of the South).
Shaun Rooney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by David Carson (Inverness CT).
Substitution, Inverness CT. James Vincent replaces Roddy MacGregor.
Dan Pybus (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Roddy MacGregor (Inverness CT).
Foul by Dan Pybus (Queen of the South).