St Johnstone had an afternoon to forget when things went wrong for them before and during the game.
Stefan Scougall was the hero with his first St Johnstone goal clinching a crucial three points for the Perth club.
Callum Hendry’s hat-trick in an under-20 derby against Dundee was one of the best St Johnstone assistant manager Callum Davidson has seen.
“Paranoid” Pedro Caixinha has had several opportunities to confront Tommy Wright about his belief that St Johnstone were leaked team information last season.
Coping with the threat of James Forrest will have helped get Scott Tanser in the right mindset for keeping another of Scottish football’s flying wingers in check at the weekend.
St Johnstone fans can start looking out their passports once more with their side securing a place in Europe with this narrow but deserved win over Partick Thistle at McDiarmid Park.
St Johnstone’s run without a goal has hit the six-game mark but Blair Alston insisted that they will hit the "red button".
Partick Thistle’s two striker summer signings, Conor Sammon and Miles Storey, were both linked with St Johnstone.
There had been talk of fake news in the bizarre build-up to this one and a 3-0 scoreline probably wasn’t an accurate reflection of a match that was evenly contested for the majority of it.
Alan Mannus has warned that St Johnstone must start taking their chances or risk a repeat of their painful Partick experience.