Leon Best struck an injury-time winner as Sheffield Wednesday recorded a fourth consecutive home victory with a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship success over play-off-chasing Brighton.
The on-loan striker fired left-footed past Seagulls goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak in the first minute of stoppage-time following a powerful surge into the 18-yard box to give Stuart Gray’s men all three points in a tight game at Hillsborough.
Albion went closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening stages when Spanish forward David Rodriguez, in search of his first Seagulls goal, headed Jake Forster-Caskey’s left-wing corner against the Wednesday crossbar with 15 minutes played.
Owls winger Jeremy Helan then flashed a left-footed volley across goal at the other end after the Brighton back-line could only partially clear Best’s delivery from the right.
Top-scorer Chris Maguire saw his long-range effort charged down by full-back Stephen Ward just before the interval.
Will Buckley, who scored twice in his previous two games, wasted a golden opportunity.
Buckley beat the offside trap but, with only Chris Kirkland to beat, the former Watford man fired his shot straight at the Owls goalkeeper.
Jesse Lingard, who scored four against Wednesday while on-loan at Birmingham earlier in the season, was the next to threaten.
The on-loan striker scampered towards goal down the left-hand channel before cutting inside and striking a powerful effort from the edge of the box which was held by Kirkland.
Wednesday then went close to an opener with a rare chance at the other end.
Substitute striker Benik Afobe broke clear in the area but his stretched attempt was diverted away by Kuszczak before Liam Palmer’s powerful follow-up attempt whistled over.
Kuszczak was again tested as Maguire sent in a stinging drive from distance.
Brighton had never won at Hillsborough in 13 attempts ahead of kick-off and Best confirmed that run would be extended when he grabbed the late winner.
Sheff Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Onyewu, Loovens, Mattock, Maguire, Palmer, Hutchinson (Coke 46), Lee, Helan (Afobe 71), Best. Unused substitutes: Jermaine Johnson, Martinez, Llera, Nuhiu, Oshilaja.
Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, Upson, Ward, Ince, Andrews, Forster-Caskey (Dunk 90), Buckley (March 83), David Rodriguez (LuaLua 77), Lingard. Unused substitutes: Chicksen, Ankergren, Lopez.
Referee: A Taylor (Cheshire).