St Mirren triumphed over Hearts with a huge 1-0 win in a bottom of the table battle the Simple Digital Arena on Wednesday night.

A 48th-minute goal from Jon Obika decided a fiery contest in Paisley as St Mirren got back to winning ways to pile misery on the Edinburgh visitors.

Goodwin’s Saints emerged with the points. (Photo by Ben Banks)

Here are three things we learned:

Buddies earn massive boost as Hearts cut adrift

This was a huge result for the home team who secured a rare but thoroughly deserved three points.

They had the better of the play in the first 45 minutes and after taking the lead early in the second half, defended well to secure a clean sheet. They move above both Hamilton and Ross County into ninth.

In contrast, it’s a major setback for the Jambos, who are now four points adrift at the foot of the table.

This was an opportunity to draw level with St Mirren and bunch things up at the bottom, but instead, the Buddies have pulled away and things suddenly look bleak once more.

Obika comes up trumps again for Goodwin

The first half was plagued by a lack of quality in the final third, but the second period hadn’t long begun when Jon Obika bucked that trend.

The 29-year-old forward showed pace, power and composure to latch onto a long ball from Ross Wallace, keep the Hearts defenders at bay and slot past Zlamal, much to the delight of the home faithful.

Buoyed by his goal, he led the line extremely well thereafter in a polished all-round display.

That’s three in five appearances for the Englishman, who now has 12 for the season in all competitions and is key to his club’s survival hopes.

Major work to do for Stendel

Hearts came into this one on a four-game unbeaten run, but they were second best for the majority of the contest.

Daniel Stendel’s Hearts failed to click at St Mirren.
(Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Despite their position at the foot of the table, the Jambos were happy to look to take the sting out of their hosts’ play in the first period with time-wasting tactics while offering up little themselves in attack.

Liam Boyce was introduced at the break to partner Conor Washington in a move that failed to change the course of the game, while the travelling fans were left unimpressed when their manager opted to replace Oliver Bozanic with Andrew Irving on the hour mark.

The visitors huffed and puffed for the closing 20 minutes and had a strong appeal for a penalty waved away late on, but a lack of creativity and composure combined to see them ultimately leave empty-handed.

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