A quickfire double from Stephen Warnock and Keith Andrews secured a vital three points for Blackburn in a 2-1 win at Hull.
The pair struck within two first-half minutes of each other to settle a tense and eventful Barclays Premier League survival tussle at the KC Stadium.
Ian Ashbee gave Hull late hope in a game which saw the Tigers' Dean Marney and Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen sent off but Rovers held on.
Blackburn grabbed the lead against the run of play in the 34th minute after Matt Duke failed to gather a deflected Pedersen shot.
Roque Santa Cruz quickly nipped in and pulled back for the onrushing Warnock to coolly clip into the top of an unguarded net.
They doubled their lead just a minute later as Warnock raced into the area from a Santa Cruz lay-off and squared for Andrews to turn home.
Michael Turner was booked for a heavy challenge on Paul Robinson just before the interval and the Rovers goalkeeper left the field gingerly at half-time after receiving treatment. It proved a serious enough injury to prevent him returning and Jason Brown duly took his place.
Hull were reduced to 10 men when Marney was sent off for kicking a prostrate Pedersen in the privates after being fouled by the Norwegian, who was also booked.
Pedersen followed Marney to the dressing room after 70 minutes when he was given his second yellow card for a late tackle on Kamil Zayatte.
Ashbee gave Hull late hope when he blasted a crisp volley past Brown from a Bernard Mendy cross with 12 minutes remaining but the Tigers were unable to find a way through.
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