Dundee manager Paul Hartley has praised his side for responding to mounting criticism brought on by a long winless run.
Hartley watched them put four unanswered goals past Hamilton at Dens Park – their first victory since the beginning of October.
The Dark Blues won thanks to Kane Hemmings’ hat-trick within 26 minutes which was added to by Greg Stewart’s 19th-minute strike to effectively end the contest well before the half-time break.
Hartley said: “We needed that result just to get us going again. Overall it was a really good team performance, even with the players who came on.
“I’m pleased with the players. They’ve had to put up with a lot of criticism over the past seven or eight weeks. The players have never let their heads go down with all the criticism they’ve taken.
“As a manager, we’ve tried to keep them focused. We know we’re a good team. If we can get it going, we’re a team who can cause other teams problems.”
He added: “I thought we were terrific, especially in the first-half. We got some terrific goals. I thought we were a threat all day.
“It was two contrasting halves. The second-half was always going to be like that.
“We performed well in terms of not conceding. We said to them at half-time not to concede.
“I think to keep a clean sheet was really important also.
“It’s nice to be back in the top-six. That’s the pleasing thing for me before we go to Ross County next.”