Dundee United’s impressive run of form continued in Dumfries, with the Tangerines making it four league wins in a row against early season pacesetters Queen of the South.
The bad news was that both Paul Dixon and Cammy Bell were lost to injury but everything else was a good news story for the Tannadice men.
United started strongly and took the lead in 14 minutes. Former Queens favourite Mark Durnan, the hero against Falkirk the week before, headed home the opener from a Scott Fraser corner.
It was 2-0 midway through the first half when a Dixon cross was finished off by Tony Andreu.
Dixon had to be stretchered off before the break and there was also the blow of a Grant Anderson goal to reduce the deficit.
Then, not long after the re-start, Luis Zwick went on for injured keeper Bell.
Fraser made the scoreline a more comfortable one again just before the hour mark with a long-range strike and Simon Murray scored the fourth.
United are still three points behind Hibs but have created the same gap to the team behind them, Raith Rovers.