St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas paid tribute to his side after a 3-1 win over Dunfermline increased their hopes of European football.
Goals from Murray Davidson, Callum Davidson and Lee Croft secured an impressive win for the Perth outfit. St Johnstone were dominant and now sit nine points behind third-placed Motherwell in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League table, with a game in hand.
Lomas said: "For the first time in a while, the St Johnstone fans are looking up instead of down and that's all credit to the players. The players take the plaudits. They are a credit to the club and themselves. They keep digging all the time and show great resilience."
He added: "But we aren't getting too far ahead at the moment. There are many more tests to come and we can't get ahead of ourselves. Football can change in the space of 10 seconds. If you look at budgets, we probably shouldn't be battling for top six. But we are and the players are a victim of their own success as there's an expectation now."
St Johnstone were in control from start to finish and Lomas was thrilled at his side's application.
He said: "It was an important win. We got a great point at Aberdeen last week and it was vital to build on that. It was a fantastic performance and the scoreline could have been even bigger than it was.
"It's getting to the business end of the season and it's not about performances - it's about results. We were in control for the entire game. I felt their goal should have been ruled out. Our goalkeeper was blocked."
Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre pulled no punches in his assessment of a woeful Pars display. Paul Burns' second-half strike handed them a lifeline but McIntyre insisted they deserved nothing.
He said: "The overall scoreline flattered us. We were lucky to only be 2-0 down at the break.
"We have been praised for our fighting spirit in the last few months but I didn't see any of that. We just weren't good enough. There are no excuses. It was our worst performance in months."