DAME N'DOYE scored one and set up another on his full debut as Hull climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of a brow-beaten Aston Villa.
The Senegalese striker, a £3million deadline day signing, was the key figure in a scrappy 2-0 victory that could nevertheless have a profound effect on both sides' battle against the drop. He showed a fine first touch and good awareness to tee up Nikica Jelavic for the 22nd-minute opener and settled matters deep in the second half from close-range.
After drawing with Manchester City at the weekend a rare win on home soil - just their third this term - confirmed a feeling of renewed optimism in East Yorkshire, with the Tigers up three places to 15th. But for Villa, the outlook is grim. Not only does the result see them slump into the bottom three, it poses serious questions about their ability to bounce back.
Having ended their long goal drought in a losing cause against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea last Saturday, normal service was resumed with a seventh blank in their last eight Premier League matches.
Hull city 2 Aston villa 0