Kevin Kyle netted an 86th-minute winner as Hearts broke down stubborn Hibernian to win the New Year's Day Edinburgh derby 1-0 at Tynecastle.
Kyle happy with unexpected goal
Kyle converted substitute Arvydas Novikovas' deep cross as Hearts claimed a tenth win from 12 games to move three points behind Celtic and two adrift of Rangers at the top of the table.
Hibs frustrated their hosts with men behind the ball and their best chance fell to Colin Nish after 76 minutes, the striker shooting narrowly wide as Colin Calderwood suffered a seventh loss in 11 games in charge.
Stuart McCall was denied victory in his first game as Motherwell manager but his team stemmed a three-match losing streak as they drew 0-0 with
Motherwell survived some late first-half pressure from rock-bottom Hamilton, with Dougie Imrie testing Darren Randolph from long range, but Motherwell began to take control and hit the woodwork after Tomas Cerny failed to hold Jamie Murphy's effort, although Imrie missed an excellent late chance.
David Goodwillie scored deep into injury time to earn Dundee United a 1-1 draw against Aberdeen in an entertaining New Firm derby at Pittodrie.
Craig Brown's dream start as Aberdeen manager looked set to continue when a lapse in concentration from Keith Watson gifted Chris Maguire an opener, but Goodwillie popped up in the fifth minute of added time to volley past Jamie Langfield and earn his side a share of the spoils.