Rangers's hopes of finishing second suffered another blow with Hibernian’s late winner at Livingston.
Bottom of the table Livingston appeared to have stolen a point with two minutes remaining when Ibra Sekajja cancelled out Jason Cummings' first-half strike.
Franck Dja Djedje’s 89th-minute winner took Hibernian five points clear of Rangers who can now only go one point in front of their Edinburgh-based rivals if they win their games in hand.
He said: “We’re just ticking each game off and if we can keep picking up maximum points it’s going to be difficult for Rangers to catch us.”
This has made it undeniably harder for the Light Blues in the battle to finish second but they would have expected a Hibernian win going into the game against the team seven points adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Championship.
Hibernians' imperious form started late last year and they haven’t lost a game dating back to December 6th, 2014, when they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Falkirk.
Since that loss the Easter Road outfit have won 12 of their 14 matches in all competitions, including 4-0 and 2-0 wins against Rangers.
More impressive is the six-game winning run stretching just over a month that has seen Stubbs’ side make second place their own.
Cowdenbeath, one of the three teams Rangers have drawn against in their recent winless run, are up next for the in-form Hibs as they continue to draw further away from Rangers in second place.