Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon stressed the importance of avoiding complacency after his side overcame a poor first half to defeat St Johnstone 2-0 in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Paul Hanlon snatched a scarcely deserved half-time lead for the home side before a rejuvenated Hibs added to the lead with Eoin Doyle's close finish six minutes into the second half.
Fenlon encountered his players less than a minute after Hibs had taken the lead, but it did not change his perception of what he saw from his players in a lacklustre first half.
"Our team talk was still the same at half-time," said Fenlon. "We didn't play to the same levels that we had in the last few weeks, and in fairness to the players they knew that before I managed to get to them.
"The second half was much better. We had to get high up the park and squeeze the play. The second half I thought we did that quite well and we kept the ball a lot better.
"Sometimes after a couple of good results you take your foot off the gas. The second half was where we want to be as a club. We just have to make sure that when we're playing well we don't start games down a couple of gears.
"It's a big result for us, because when you're playing well you want to ensure that you build on that."
Steve Lomas watched his side lose for the third time in the opening four league games, leaving them joint-bottom of the league. However, the St Johnstone manager was still pleased with the way his team responded after last week's 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen.
"The first 45 minutes we bossed it," said Lomas. "There was only one team in it. The goal gave Hibs a big lift at half-time when, really, they were so second best it was frightening. The second goal straight after half-time gives them a two-goal lead that they really hadn't done anything to deserve.
"I'm pleased that we got a response from the Aberdeen game. That's more the St Johnstone that I know. So we've got to take the positives. We've got to look at cutting out the individual mistakes, but I was pleased at the level of performance."