Jason Cummings’ 16th strike of the season proved decisive in a hard-fought victory over Raith Rovers.
The first half was devoid of real goalmouth action but Cummings broke the deadlock shortly after the break after missing a penalty.
The striker was felled in the box by Kyle Benedictus but saw his spotkick saved by Kevin Cuthbert – who was the penalty kick hero for Hamilton Accies at Easter Road a couple of seasons ago in the Premiership play-off which saw Hibs relegated to the Championship.
Cummings though this time was the one who ended up smiling as he pounced on the rebound to fire Hibs ahead despite Cuthbert’s best efforts.
That strike failed to liven up what was a fiercely contested but ultimately scrappy affair which saw substitute Grant Anderson sent off for the visitors late on for a second bookable offence.
“The most important thing was that we did get there in the end,” Hibs boss Stubbs said after the game. “All credit to Ray and his team they made it difficult for us.
“I don’t think anyone could deny us the victory.
“I think a lot of people would be looking at us today and seeing how we responded to last week’s defeat and I think we’ve answered that.”
Raith boss Ray McKinnon was delighted with the effort of his side who were missing eight first-team players.”My boys really rose to the occasion, they battled hard and I couldn’t ask for any more.”