Dundee boss Jim McIntyre hailed his side’s “great hunger” as they swept aside Hamilton Accies 4-0 to seal his first win in charge.
And the Dens gaffer reserved special praise for the “fantastic” Kenny Miller, whose hat-trick propelled the Dark Blues to just their second Premiership win of the campaign.
The victory saw Dundee move to within a point of 11th-placed St Mirren and kept Hamilton within reach, five points ahead in 10th.
And Jim was delighted to see the improvements shown over the past few weeks in draws against the Buddies and Hibs come together to give him his first win as Dundee manager.
He said: “There has definitely been progress before and it was clear to see against Hamilton.
“I thought the players showed a great hunger. At times it was scrappy, Hamilton had a couple of opportunities as well which flew by the post, and shows games at this level are difficult to win but we got the breaks at the right times.
“I thought in some of our play you could see a confidence appear when we got the second and third goal, we started to knock the ball about and created opportunities.
“First and foremost we just wanted to win the game, it didn’t matter how but to score four goals was fantastic. We got a wee bit of luck with deflections with a couple of the goals but the most important thing for me was we were trying to do the right things, we were going into the right areas and encouraging more forward passes, more crosses into the box.
“If you do that then sometimes you get the wee breaks, which we did.”
Jesse Curran grabbed his first senior goal with the aid of a deflection but it was hat-trick hero Miller who grabbed the limelight.
Jim added: “He was fantastic.
“I think he said it was the seventh or eighth hat-trick of his career and to do it at 38, Kenny deserves a lot of credit.
“His second and third goals were great finishes.
“I’m delighted for him but more so the team because it was great to keep the clean sheet, especially with Darren O’Dea going off just at the end.
“I was desperate to keep that clean sheet because I thought the boys deserved it and big Jack Hamilton came up with a big save to play his part.”
O’Dea is likely to miss out against Rangers on Sunday with a possible tear in his groin muscle.