Hibs demolished Motherwell with one of their finest away victories in the SPL and in truth, the final result could have been even greater for the visitors.
The Hibees, managed by John Collins, were fantastic in the first half and found themselves 4-0 ahead at the interval after a rampant opening period.
The visitors announced their attacking intent within minutes of the start when Ivan Sproule raced into the penalty box before being denied by a block from keeper Colin Meldrum, who could only parry the effort, but the Northern Irishman sent the rebound wide of the target.
Meldrum then did well to block a Chris Killen strike from close range, but he was unable to prevent the Hibees from taking the lead after 10 minutes.
The former Kilmarnock keeper failed to smother a mis-hit effort from Steven Fletcher, sparking a scramble and Sproule emerged with the ball to set up Scott Brown, who fired in the opener.
Rob Jones almost made it two moments later, the woodwork denying him, but Hibs didn’t have to wait too long for another goal. Kiwi forward Killen latched onto a clever reverse pass from Brown, before racing into the box and coolly shooting beyond Meldrum.
Hibs were soon three to the good after left-back David Murphy picked out Killen for a header in front of goal. The ball fell to the feet of Sproule, who buried his shot from close range.
Winger Sproule was still flying from his first strike when he netted his second of the afternoon before the half-time break. Frenchman Guillaume Beuzelin released the winger and he expertly drew Meldrum from his line before placing the ball in the back of the net with 39 minutes on the clock.
The Hibees were still in the hunt for more and Killen’s diving header almost brought them a fifth after the break, but it fell just wide of the upright.
Visting keeper Zbigniew Malkowski had been a spectator for much of the match, the Polish player having hardly got his hands on the ball, but he was called into action to stop a powerful strike from Steven McGarry. Midfielder McGarry then tried his luck again with another long-ranger but the Hibs keeper was up to the task.
Hibs had the net bulging again after 73 minutes when a corner from Kevin Thomson was delivered into a packed goalmouth and defender Rob Jones rose highest to nod past Meldrum.
Fletcher hit the post as the visitors sought to make it six, before McGarry latched on to a David Clarkson pass to pull a goal back with eight minutes to go, but a consolation was all it was.
The scoring was not over though, and substitute Dean Shiels grabbed goal number six for Hibs in injury time, shooting home from close range after good work from Brown.
Hibs: Malkowski, Whittaker, Murphy, Martis, Jones, Thomson, Sproule, Beuzelin, Brown, Fletcher, Killen.