Dundee boss Jim McIntyre has hailed the impact made by midfielder Martin Woods after he played through the pain barrier to complete his first 90 minutes in over nine months.
The 32-year-old was snapped up by the Dens manager two weeks ago on a short-term deal until January.
McIntyre knows the player well from their time together at Ross County with Woods a free agent since leaving Partick Thistle at the end of last season.
He made his debut for Dundee at Motherwell two Saturdays ago as a sub but made his first start at Dens last weekend in the draw with St Mirren.
Remarkably, Woods saw out the entire game, the first time he had completed a full match since playing for the Jags against St Johnstone on January 27.
Not surprisingly, he tired towards the end of the Buddies game but McIntyre was impressed by his contribution and thought Woods worked well with fellow midfielder Glen Kamara.
The manager said: “Martin was really struggling in the last 10 minutes.
“He felt a wee bit of tightness in his hamstring as well.
“He just managed through it to the end as we had made all our subs by then.
“But I thought considering he has not been involved in a team structure, then he did remarkably well.
“He used his experience and I thought him and Glen looked very strong together.
“I don’t want sitting midfielders, I want them to be getting up and around the box.”