Hibs eased the strain on manager Bobby Williamson with only their second win in eleven attempts against Kilmarnock in the Premierleague.
The Edinburgh side stunned Kilmarnock with two goals in the first 16 minutes. The first came from the unlikely source of central defender Colin Murdock who shot home from 10 yards after 12 minutes after Kilmarnock failed to clear a Tom McManus corner.
Before the Ayrshire side had time to recover, Derek Riordan scored a second after a brilliant individual piece of skill had carved out the chance.
Kilmarnock hit back and Daniel Andersson made a terrific one-handed save to keep out a 25-yard shot from Kris Boyd after a short free-kick from Steve Fulton.
Riordan was clearly in the mood for Hibs and almost scored a third for the home side ten minutes from the break with a wonderful turn and shot which finished narrowly over.
The youngster then forced a great save from Francois Dubourdeau when he met a Stephen Glass corner on the volley.
Kilmarnock almost sneaked one back seconds from half time when the ball struck Boyd just two yards out, but he knew little about it and Hibs held on for a two-goal interval lead.
Gary McDonald missed a great chance to pull one back shortly after the break but shot straight at Andersson.
The goalkeeper then did well to save a header from substitute Colin Nish as Kilmarnock dominated the second half.
It was Nish who pulled a goal back when he prodded the ball in from close range with nine minutes left.
But as they pressed for the equaliser, Kilmarnock were caught on the break in injury time when Garry O'Connor raced clear to slot home Hibs' third.