Steven Thompson grabbed a double as St Mirren ended a poor run of results with a 3-1 win over Clydesdale Bank Premier League bottom side Dundee in Paisley.
Thompson struck on either side of a Ryan Conroy penalty, before Dougie Imrie put the gloss on the win with his first goal for the club against 10-man Dundee.
The victory ended a run of six straight defeats in the SPL for Saints, who headed into this clash just a single point ahead of their opponents.
The visitors had an early crack at goal when Nicky Riley unleashed from distance and his shot dipped just over the crossbar.
Saints then squandered a great chance to open the scoring when a powerful shot from John McGinn was spilled by goalkeeper Rab Douglas and Lewis Guy, perfectly placed to lash home the rebound, slipped in front of goal.
Dundee were dealt a blow when Colin Nish was shown a straight red card after 27 minutes for a high challenge on Paul Dummett and the striker could have few complaints about referee Willie Collum's decision.
St Mirren made the most of the numerical advantage and surged into the lead four minutes later. Kenny McLean supplied a lovely pass for Guy, who tried to round Douglas and saw his shot blocked, before Thompson pounced to stab home the opener from close range.
Only the heroics of Douglas prevented Saints from doubling their lead just before the break when the full-stretch goalkeeper just managed to tip a McGinn effort over the crossbar.
Saints were left rueing missed opportunities when Dundee hauled themselves level from the penalty spot after 64 minutes. Jim Goodwin was judged to have handled a Steven Milne shot and Conroy stepped up to convert the spot-kick with confidence, leaving Samson with no chance.
Dundee's joy was short-lived, however, when Saints restored their lead with 72 minutes on the clock. Gary Teale sent an inviting free-kick into the box where Thompson was waiting to direct a header into the back of the net, with Douglas well beaten this time. And there was no way back for Dundee when substitute Imrie lashed low into the bottom corner to open his goal-scoring account for the Paisley club with three minutes to go.
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- Steven Thompson
- Dougie Imrie
- Ryan Conroy