Hibernians returned to winning ways as they defeated Balzan 2-0 at the National Stadium on Sunday.
A win which lifts the Paolites to the sixth place as they join Mosta and Floriana on the seven-point mark. Balzan, on the other hand, suffer their second defeat and now lie in the fifth place.
For Hibs, Justin Haber started in goal in lieu of Ibrahim Kone while Gonzalo Llerena and Thaylor Aldama made way for Zachary Grech and Dunstan Vella. Rudy Briffa started in goal for Balzan while Bogdan Mladenovic was handed his debut as he was preferred to Aleksa Andrejic.
Hibernians forged ahead on the 14th minute when off a cross from the right, Bjorn Kristensen headed the ball down for Jurgen Degabriele to slot the ball home past goalkeeper Rudy Briffa.
Two minutes later, the Paolites doubled the score with a direct freekick by Jurgen Degabriele from the left surprised the Balzan goalkeeper following a feint by Dunstan Vella.