Stuart McCall praised Motherwell's energy levels after they battled to a 3-1 victory over Dunfermline at Fir Park despite playing most of the match with 10 men.
After the dismissal of skipper Stephen Craigan 18 minutes in, Henrik Ojamma opened the scoring on his first full start for the club before Nicky Law doubled the hosts' lead. Andy Kirk restored hope for Dunfermline but substitute Chris Humphrey netted ten minutes from time to secure all three points for the Fir Park side.
"We talked about before the game about how big an incentive Dunfermline had to win the game after their great result on Saturday but we had a massive incentive too," said McCall.
"We were constantly reminded of how long it had been since we last won at home, tonight we scored three good goals and the players kept their energy levels up very well - it's a happy but tired dressing room."
McCall admitted he had not spoken to Craigan following his dismissal. Craigan appeared to move his head towards Dunfermline striker Andrew Barrowman, following a tussle between the pair.
"I haven't spoken to Stephen or seen the decision again, my full focus at half-time was on making sure the players on the park were ready to go back out there," said McCall.
"I had a word with the referee as he came off the park, he said it wasn't a head-butt but he made the gesture of a head-butt, I will have to wait until I see it."
Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre believes his team's lack of consistency is the reason behind their current league position. The Pars remain one point adrift at the foot of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League following the defeat.
"There's a reason that we are bottom of the league and that is our consistency levels," said McIntyre. "When Motherwell went down to ten men that was the perfect chance to go and grab the game by the scruff of the neck, but we didn't pass the ball well or play with enough tempo to force Motherwell into making mistakes.
"After you come off a result like the one we had on Saturday and with the early sending-off you hope that you can build on that but we were unable to do that."