Ross County boss Jim McIntyre was delighted with the way his side dug in to register their fourth straight win the Scottish Premiership.
The 1-0 home success keeps them clear of Motherwell and St Mirren and just four points behind Partick in the relegation mix.
Craig Curran scored 10 minutes from the break to give County the edge but they were left hanging on for the last half hour despite the sending off of Thistle’s Kallum Higginbotham for a lunge on Michael Gardyne.
McIntrye said: “The one thing we tried to keep instilling in the players was belief. We did think there was a group there capable of winning matches.
“Four in a row is really fantastic, we’re pleased with that, but it is back to the grind on Monday. We’ve a tough game at Hamilton now.”
McIntyre admitted he knew his side would be in for a tough afternoon.
He added: “We were fully aware Thistle would be coming here trying to do to us what we did to them two weeks ago. We’re conscious of the fact there were a lot of hard battles out there.
“It wasn’t a pretty game, you’ve got to say. I don’t think it was ever going to be with the underfoot conditions and also the wind.
“We’re delighted with the response of the players. We had to dig in, we had to scrap and we showed another side to us today.”