Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo will have extra reason to celebrate being reunited with new striker Pavol Safranko after the Slovakian scored what proved to be the winning goal at Palmerston.
After opening day defeat to Dunfermline, the pressure was already mounting on Laszlo but two first-half goals against Queen of the South set the visitors on their way to a vital three points.
Sam Stanton opened the scoring after quarter of an hour, before the tall Safranko – who worked with Laszlo at DAC Dunajska Streda in Slovakia – fired in a second on 27 minutes.
Queens hit back after the break and got themselves into the match with a Stephen Dobbie strike on 67 minutes to set United’s nerves jangling.
However, the Tangerines were able to hold on and record their first win of the season and take fifth spot in the Championship table.
Laszlo was happy with how United started the match and hopes it provides the springboard for a run of good results.
He said: “I think if you win a game you are always happy. The first half we played really good football and I think the score line could have been 4-0.”