Manager Danny Lennon hopes St Mirren can use their morale-boosting 3-1 win over Dundee as the springboard for the rest of the season after halting a poor run of results.
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Saints had suffered six straight Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeats, leaving them just a single point above bottom side Dundee ahead of the clash in Paisley and in danger of being leapfrogged by their visitors.
But a double from Steven Thompson - either side of a Ryan Conroy penalty for Dundee - and a first Saints goal for Dougie Imrie allowed the Buddies to put some distance between themselves and the Taysiders.
Lennon said: "I'm delighted, not just with the victory, but also the performance.
"I know you get the same three points but the manner in which the boys went about their business was great.
"The commitment from the boys from the first minute was terrific and they got their rewards today, which they deserved.
"There was a real hunger in the players' eyes and you could see before the game that they were itching to get out there.
"I thought we handled everything Dundee threw at us. Hopefully we can now kick on from this."
Lennon believes his players do not deserve to be languishing at the wrong end of the table but knows they must build on this win.
He added: "This group of players are certainly better than what their current league position shows.
"But you can't hide from what the table is reflecting.
"Words become cheap unless you turn them into actions and we did that today. I'm delighted for them."
Lennon was keen to pay tribute to Imrie, who came off the bench to open his goal-scoring account for Saints in style.
He said: "It was a great finish. You could see when the team was selected that he was disappointed not to start and I totally expect that.
"But what a contribution and that's exactly what you want from your subs.
"You want them to take the disappointment on the chin, to be supporters, get behind the team but, more importantly, when called upon, have an important impact to make.
"It will do him the world of good.
"He looked a constant threat, he looked like the Dougie Imrie of old, where he was positive and getting at people and getting an end product. Long may that continue."
Dundee were reduced to 10 men when Colin Nish was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Paul Dummett when the match was still goalless.
Boss Barry Smith said: "I've not seen it again but anybody who knows Colin Nish knows he's not got a malicious tackle in him.
"He's a big gentle giant. I find it hard for it to be a sending-off knowing him.
"But the referee has got a decision to make and that's what he made.
"The pleasing thing for me is that we didn't just lie down and say we've got 10 men.
"It was a case of still having something to fight for and we fought for it.
"Unfortunately, we lost two goals near the end."