Jim Goodwin was delighted to return to winning ways – but it wasn’t an easy task against League One Partick Thistle.

St Mirren ended a six-game losing run with a 4-1 win over the Jags. Whilst the scoreline may suggest a comfortable victory, it was a hard-fought game up until the 74th minute.

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St Mirren returned to winning ways. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Buddies got in front through a diving header from Richard Tait before Blair Spittal equalised in the second half. Goodwin’s side took the game away from Ian McCall’s as Jonathan Obika, Joe Shaughnessy and Dylan Connolly scored inside eight minutes of each other.

Goodwin was left pleased with the win but hailed his opponents too: “Of course it’s great to get back to winning ways. I don’t think we’ll get a huge amount of credit for that tonight and we probably shouldn’t. We’re the Premiership team playing against lower league opposition so we’re expected to turn up and win the game comfortably.

“The scoreline will suggest we did that for people who weren’t here but Partick were excellent on the night. They deserved a huge amount of credit. The scoreline flatters us slightly but I think we did enough to win the game.

“Thistle were very dangerous on the break and caused us problems. The fitness levels probably showed in the last 20 minutes and the changes that we made made a difference as well.

“As a group we’ll look back at the things we did and the things we can improve on. Against better opposition we might have got punished more. That’s something we can’t allow to happen in future looking towards the Motherwell and Hamilton games.

“We need to be more organised when we’re on the attack. I have to credit the players, they have been on a really poor run of form, there’s no getting away from that. This was all about the result.”

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