By Ben Banks and David Buick

Morton boss David Hopkin has been left proud of his players after they recorded a 3-2 win over Dunfermline at Cappielow.

Euan Murray initially got the Pars in front but two from Kyle Jacobs and a goal for captain Jim McAlister was enough to secure a Ton win. Keven Nisbet scored a superb free kick late on to bring Stevie Crawford’s men closer but it was merely a consolation.

McAlister got a goal. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

After three wins in four games, Morton are now just four points outside the top four. That’s quite remarkable, given that they started the day in the relegation play-off spot.

It’s a big boost for them heading into next week’s Scottish Cup tie with Premiership side St Johnstone. Hopkin has been left satisfied with his men after victory over the Fifers and is targeting some transfer business.

“The big thing today was to get the three points and we got them, it’s a fantastic result,” he said. “It is a tough league, which everybody knows. The last three or four weeks, I think everyone has started to realise what it is to play in my team. We have to keep going.

Keep going. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

“Our main focus at the start of the season was to stay in the league with the budget we have but we have young players now, at 19 and 20, who are just starting to turn into men.

“We just need to keep plugging away and be hard to play against. We showed another side in coming back from 1-0 down. The mentality was fantastic.

“We haven’t done anything yet but we have to keep improving and I hope we can get one or two players in.”

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