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.
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 secure what could be an important win over 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."
He added: "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."
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."
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."