Brighton beat sorry Derby on Tuesday 2-0 and remain fourth even after this weeks wednesday results.
The start given to defender Indigo Calderon paid almost immediate dividend as he scored after only 9 minutes and a further goal come from a Vicente cross in the 65th which Ashley Barnes only had to tap in.
Brighton dominated the first half and a good deal of the second but Jake Buxton headed over twice for the visitors after the break and Paul Green nodded wide from a Theo Robinson cross.
Kazenga LuaLua was a constant threat and well worth his start having been involved in the second goal and playing 80 minutes.
Brighton have put the 3-1 away loss at Blackpool behind them and there will be exciting times ahead with only eight games remaining.