St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas backed striker Steven MacLean to kick-start his McDiarmid Park career following his two-goal haul against Queen's Park.
The former Sheffield Wednesday striker produced two first-half penalty-box finishes to send Saints on their way to a 4-1 win and the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-finals.
MacLean had earlier missed a sitter from three yards and Lomas was delighted with the forward's response.
"I'm pleased for Steven MacLean to get those two goals," Lomas said.
"He's like any striker who needs goals for his confidence and hopefully he can go from strength to strength."
Saints did not have it easy against the Irn-Bru Third Division leaders with Michael Keenan cancelling out the first of MacLean's strikes.
The scoreline remained tight until Spiders full-back Andrew Robertson was shown a straight red card for a late lunge on Gary Miller, and Murray Davidson and Liam Craig both struck late goals.
Lomas said: "I was happy with the attitude of the players and it was about getting into the next round of the cup.
"We got a few goals as well which makes it all the more pleasing so all in all it was a pretty good night's work.
"We got a little bit sloppy when their lad scored a really good equaliser but sometimes that can happen."
- Steve Lomas