Oumar Niasse stepped off the substitutes' bench to score twice as Hull gave their Premier League survival hopes a major boost with a 2-1 home win against relegation rivals Swansea.
Hull were struggling to make headway in the second period when head coach Marco Silva produced a masterstroke by sending on Niasse just after the hour mark and the Senegalese striker responded with two crucial goals for his side in the space of 11 minutes.
Alfie Mawson ensured a nervous finish for the Tigers when he headed home in stoppage time for Swansea, but Silva's side held on to clinch their third league win under the Portuguese and climb to within one point of safety with 10 games remaining.
TWEET OF THE MATCH
"FULL-TIME Hull 2-1 Swansea. Super sub Oumar Niasse scores twice in a huge win for the Tigers" - the Premier League's official account (@premierleague) tells the story, with accompanying pictures (https://twitter.com/premierleague/status/840607377024000001).
Oumar Niasse. Hull had struggled to make inroads against a much-improved Swansea side when he was sent on in place of midfielder Alfred N'Diaye in a clear bid by Silva to snatch a vital win. The Senegalese striker added real firepower to the Tigers' forward line and after breaking the deadlock he fired home a game-clinching second 11 minutes later and was inches away from a hat-trick soon after.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
The game was evenly poised heading towards the final 20 minutes. Hull's desperate need for all three points was in the main reflected in their play, but Omar Elabdellaoui burst clear in the 69th minute to help set up the crucial opening goal. The right-back picked out Abel Hernandez, whose first-time pass set Niasse free and he buried his shot underneath the diving Lukasz Fabianski to put the Tigers in front.
Swansea head coach Paul Clement was installed as Bob Bradley's replacement on New Year's Day, four days before Marco Silva replaced Mike Phelan at Hull. Clement took charge of his ninth Premier League game and has won five and lost four of those matches, while Silva has secured three wins, two draws and three defeats in his eight league games in charge. The Swans are now three points above the final relegation place, occupied by the Tigers, with 10 games remaining.
Eldin Jakupovic 6
Omar Elabdellaoui 7
Andrea Ranocchia 5
Harry Maguire 5
Andy Robertson 6
Sam Clucas 5
Tom Huddlestone 7
Alfred N'Diaye 5
Kamil Grosicki 6
Abel Hernandez 6
Lazar Markovic 6
Oumar Niasse (for N'Diaye, 63) 9
Ahmed Elmohamady (for Markovic, 76) 5
David Meyler (for Hernandez, 82) 5
Lukasz Fabianski 6
Angel Rangel 6
Alfie Mawson 6
Federico Fernandez 5
Martin Olsson 5
Jack Cork 6
Tom Carroll 6
Leroy Fer 5
Wayne Routledge 6
Gylfi Sigurdsson 6
Fernando Llorente 5
Jordi Amat (for Rangel, 33) 5
Jordan Ayew (for Llorente, 45) 5
Luciano Narsingh (for Routledge, 71) 5
WHO'S UP NEXT?
Everton v Hull (Premier League, Saturday March 18)
Bournemouth v Swansea (Premier League, Saturday March 18)