Stephen Dobbie scored a hat-trick as Queen of the South beat Brechin City to go level on points with fourth-placed Dunfermline in the Championship.
Queen of the South 3 Brechin City 1 HT 2-0
Scorers: Queens - Dobbie 1,13,33 Brechin - Orsi 85
Dobbie, 35, curled a superb shot past Graeme Smith for the opener and twisted and turned past the visiting defence to fire his second.
A further Dobbie effort was ruled offside but he again outfoxed defenders to complete his third treble this term.
Callumn Morrison grabbed a late consolation for bottom side Brechin.
Veteran forward Dobbie's latest haul of goals takes his total this season to 23.
Ross Fergusson and new loan signing from Newcastle United Kyle Cameron might have added to Queens' tally.
Finn Graham's shot was brilliantly saved by Queens goalkeeper Alan Martin in the first half and, after the break, Isaac Layne's flashing header went just past the post with the keeper struggling.
Brechin remain without a league win this season.