Hibernian bounced back from Sunday’s derby disappointment with a 1-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park.
Having been knocked out of the Scottish Cup by rivals Hearts, Hibs got their season back on track thanks to John McGinn’s second-half strike.
The midfielder netted his fifth of the season to edge a scrappy encounter, but the visitors needed a brilliant save from Ofir Marciano to help secure the points and stay five points clear of Hearts.
Spurred on by Sunday’s defeat, Hibs started the game on the front foot, but despite their good start it was Dee who had the first effort on goal as Faissal El Bakhtaoui hit a deflected cross on the turn and saw his effort well-saved low down by Marciano.
McGinn almost got on the end of two openings as Hibs pressed at the other end, but once again against the run of play El Bakhtaoui threatened to break the deadlock after leaving Efe Ambrose in his wake, but saw his shot deflected behind after a driving run.
Cammy Kerr diverted an Ambrose cross onto his own post but chances were few and far between in the first half, with the two sides cancelling each other out and it almost came as a shock when McGinn broke the deadlock seven minutes after the break.
The midfielder had come in for harsh treatment from the Dee players, but he found himself in space for once as Vikintas Slivka’s low ball was laid into his path by Simon Murray, and the midfielder took his time before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
Brandon Barker, the on loan Manchester City winger, had two brilliant chances to seal the win but his lack of goals this campaign showed as he lost composure at the crucial moment.
First, after a brilliant run clear of the defence he shot wastefully into the side netting before hitting another tamely at the goalkeeper’s legs when he should have scored.
He was almost made to pay for his profligacy but for a magnificent diving save from Marciano, who got across brilliantly to claw away a goalbound Mark O’Hara header.
Hibs should have been out of sight after Danny Swanson did brilliantly to pull a ball across the six-yard box but Murray and Martin Boyle both conspired to miss gilt-edged chances with 10 minutes to go.
Matthew Henvey should have equalised in the final minute but headed wide when free in the area to the frustration of Neil McCann as the game fizzled out.