Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara hailed his side’s character after watching them survive a scare to secure a gripping 3-1 League Cup win over Dunfermline at Tannadice.
The United boss saw his men fall behind early on to Michael Paton’s 10th-minute opener before Callum Morris headed them level 10 minutes before half-time.
Quick-fire goals from Scott Fraser and Blair Spittal eased them into the last eight.
And McNamara poured praise on his Premiership hopefuls for the manner in which they rallied to book their place in the quarter-finals against spirited League One opposition.
McNamara said: “Dunfermline started the brighter but they got a bit lucky with the goal.
“It was a mistake from (goalkeeper) Luis (Zwick) but he wasn’t the only one who made a mistake early on.
“We showed some character, though. It was some effort to get back into it.
“It was a good cup tie. Dunfermline are a very good side. I thought we could have won it in the 90 minutes though.
“Their keeper made some tremendous saves towards the end and then again in extra-time.
“We always knew it was going to be tough but the most important thing is that we are through to the next round.”
Meanwhile, Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston had nothing but praise for his own side’s efforts.
He said: “We were different class from start to finish.
“I think we were a wee bit unfortunate to come away with nothing. Our performance deserved much more.
“Maybe on another day, if we take our chances, we would have won here. But that’s the lesson we need to learn from this.
“Dundee United are a very good team. They have some really good players, so we can take a lot of positives looking ahead.”