A hat-trick by Javier Pastore saw Palermo win the Sicilian derby with Catania and move into seventh place in Serie A.
Victory moved Palermo three points clear of their local rivals, who are still searching for their first away win of the season. Pastore headed the hosts into the lead in the 34th minute before Christian Terlizzi levelled just after half-time. Delio Rossa's side immediately regained the lead through a fierce shot by Pastore, who then confirmed victory five minutes from time with a left-footed shot.
However, it was Catania - who had only claimed two away points coming into the game - who enjoyed the better start. Maxi Lopez almost put the visitors ahead in the 13th minute when he turned on the edge of the Palermo box and unleashed a left-footed shot which went narrowly wide.
Marco Giampaolo's side attacked again and two minutes later Rafael Martinho broke down the left, beating Mattia Cassani before turning to release a left-footed shot which was saved at the second attempt by goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu. The hosts then began to get on top with the visitors grateful to goalkeeper Mariano Andujar for keeping the score goalless. Fabrizio Miccoli turned and fired in a fierce left-footed shot which brought a reflex save from Andujar.
However, just two minutes later Palermo were ahead. Federico Balzaretti's cross from the left found an unmarked Pastore in the middle of the area and the Argentinian headed past Andujar into the corner of the net. Palermo threatened to double their lead shortly after when Pastore's crossfield ball found Miccoli and the former Italy striker went into the box past Giovanni Marchese before Terlizzi intervened.
However, Catania drew level just after the break. Alejandro Gomez sent in a corner which reached Terlizzi on the penalty spot and he sent a right-footed shot past Sirigu. The lead lasted just seconds, though, as Palermo produced an immediate response with Pastore starting and finishing off a four-man move. The Argentinian passed to Josep Ilicic, who in turn moved the ball on to Miccoli and again to Pastore who sent in a fierce shot from the edge of the area with the ball going under Andujar's body and into the net.
Palermo had a golden chance to open up a two-goal lead just over 20 minutes from time. Pastore crossed from the right and Alessandro Potenza's clearance could only find Massimo Maccarone who had a simple task to score - but he put a left-footed shot wide.
They were almost made to pay when Catania were inches from equalising with 13 minutes left. The visitors produced a speedy attack down the middle with Adrian Ricchiuti passing to Mariano Izco, the Argentinian driving a right-footed shot against the bar with Sirigu beaten. Palermo survived and wrapped up victory five minutes from time, Pastore converting Maccarone's low cross with a left-footed shot into the net.