St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas claimed his team's 1-0 win over Inverness in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Wednesday night could have been more emphatic.
Francisco Sandaza's 40th-minute penalty secured victory for the visitors, who moved up to fourth in the Scottish Premier League table. The win made it six games unbeaten for St Johnstone as they strengthened their bid for European football next season.
Lomas said: "We rode our luck a bit early on, although the chances they had were more coming from our mistakes."
He added: "I thought we probably could have been a bit more clinical in the second half because Inverness were pushing forward and we had opportunities to pick them off, but perhaps that is being a little bit over-critical.
"However, to come to a place like Inverness on a Wednesday night, especially after they had such a good result at the weekend against Aberdeen, and get the win says a lot about the players."
Caley Thistle substitute Claude Gnakpa almost earned his team a draw in the third minute of injury time, but the woodwork came to St Johnstone's rescue.
But boss Terry Butcher was baffled by his side's poor performance, which came just days after they recorded an impressive 1-0 win at Aberdeen.
"You can't believe how disappointed I am," he said.
"I thought we left the team that won on Saturday in Aberdeen and instead brought back 11 strangers.
"Our movement and passing were excellent against Aberdeen, but there was none of that tonight, although I felt we still had three really unbelievable chances and should have taken something from the game."