ST Mirren boss Jack Ross hailed his side’s ‘excellent’ resilience after they quickly put a heavy defeat at Dunfermline behind them to beat Queen of the South.

After the Pars put three past the Buddies last week, Ross’ men turned the loss on its head to score their own trio of goals against the men from Dumfries.

And the manager said he was impressed with Saints’ performance against tough opposition after the blow in Fife.

He said: “I think our reaction to losing games this season has been excellent.

“This was a really tough fixture to have on the back of last week’s because I think they’re a good side with good individual players.

“One of the big things was they had an advantage of physicality in set pieces. They’re one of the biggest teams we’ve played against this season so the result for me was the most important thing.

“I’ve seen us play better this season but I’m really pleased for them that they got the result.”

Lewis Morgan struck twice after Cammy Smith got Saints on the board with two superb drilled finishes.

Morgan, 20, was one of a few in the starting line-up who were 21 or under, and Ross said he was delighted with his performance.

He added: “I’ve spoken after almost every game about his quality but that’s one thing he’s added to his game [his finishing] and that I would dare say will set him apart from some of the other players because he has the end product.

“He’s someone who believes he’s going to score when he has a shot. He’s been terrific all season.

“We had quite a young team on the pitch, probably about five or six of them were probably about 20 or 21 and that’s tough against the likes of Stephen Dobbie and Derek Lyle who are proven quality so I’m delighted for them.”

It was Saints’ seventh home win in a row and Ross said they will be looking to extend that to eight when they host Brechin City this weekend at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.

He added: “We’ve made this place a difficult place to come and we should have belief in our performances and what we can achieve.

“It’s a good record and one we want to try and protect.”