Hull ensured their fans would get at least one more win to cheer about this season after beating relegated Toulouse 38-12 at the MKM Stadium.
The Black and Whites came into the Betfred Super League match having won just two of their last 13 matches and fallen well out of top-six contention in the process.
However, a spirited performance in defeat last time out against Salford was backed up with another committed and at times ruthless display by a patched up Hull side, ensuring Brett Hodgson’s men would snap a four-game losing streak in fine fashion, scoring seven tries.
For Toulouse, it was more misery piled on a difficult week for the Super League newcomers. Sylvain Houles’ men, who had their relegation confirmed earlier in the week following defeat to Catalans, were missing a number of senior players; and could not cope with Hull’s superior power through the middle.
Both teams’ were playing their second game in the space of three days and that was evident in the overall quality of the contest.
Hull made an energetic start and took the lead through Harvey Barron on the right – and the winger doubled his personal tally a few minutes later off the back of great play from Jake Connor.
The visitors looked drained defending their own line and were opened up for a third time, with young forward Will Gardiner crashing over next to the sticks.
Hull underlined their first-half dominance with a long-range try from Mitieli Vulikijapani putting them in complete control at the break.
HT: Hull FC 24-0 Toulouse Olympique
Toulouse started the second half well. After a period of sustained field position, they opened their account through Guy Armitage, who went through a big gap to touch down.
Undeterred, Hull hit back quickly to snuff out any threat of a comeback. Ellis Longstaff scored untouched after great lead-up play from Barron.
The second half had turned into an end-to-end contest. Toulouse, who ended the game with 12 players, went through the hands and caught Hull out on the right, with Ilias Bergal racing away to score.
Hull would have the final say of the match though. Vulikijapani raced away from long range following a Toulouse mistake to round off the scoring.
The welcome victory for the home side, after a tough month of results, sets up an intriguing encounter with Hull KR in the final game of the season.
FT: Hull FC 38-12 Toulouse Olympique
Hull: Connor; Litten, Scott, Vulikijapani, Barron; Smith, Gale; Sao, Johnstone, Taylor, Lane, Longstaff, Gardiner. Subs: Balmforth, Laidlaw, McNamara, Satae.
Tries: Gardiner, Barron, Vulikijapani (2), Longstaff, Lane Goals: Connor 5
Toulouse: Ashall-Bott; Bergal, Marcon, Armitage, Schaumkel; Cunningham, Hankinson; Alvaro, Peats, Navarrete, Bretherton, Peyroux, Paulo. Subs: Pelissier, Hansen, Belmas, Sangare.
Tries: Armitage, Bergal Goals: Hankinson 2