JORDAN Rhodes scored in his sixth consecutive league game as his double helped Blackburn Rovers to their first Championship win under boss Michael Appleton.
Rovers' £8million man scored in each half to prove the difference against struggling Bristol City and move them to just seven points away from the play-offs.
Jordan Rhodes gave Rovers the lead in a first half that offered little else.
The striker was on the spot to clinically finish after Morten Gamst Pedersen's right wing cross had been mis kicked by Grant Hanley.
Rovers dominated possession for the majority of the half but struggled to create many other chances of note.
Pedersen curled a free kick against the bar, while Markus Olsson dragged a volley well wide.
At the other end, Stephen Davies struck a shot against the post in the dying seconds of the half while Stephen Pearson fired over after racing clear.
Rovers started the second half sloppily and were lucky not to be level when Marvin Elliott headed straight at goalkeeper Jake Kean on 54.
The hosts doubled their lead on 65. Rhodes raced on to a hopeful clearance from Murphy, shrugged off James Wilson and finished calmly.