Steven Milne scored twice as St Johnstone ran out well-deserved winners over Ross County at McDiarmid Park.
Milne had all the time in the world to pick his spot and shoot past Craig Samson when County failed to clear a corner after much Saints domination.
He hammered a low shot home two minutes later, but the unmarked Kevin McKinlay headed in for County after the break.
Saints missed several chances before Paul Sheerin restored the advantage after Samson blocked a Milne effort.
St Johnstone: Halliwell, Lawrie, Stanic, Mensing, Anderson, James, Hardie (Stevenson 78), Sheridan, Milne (MacDonald 82), Scotland, Sheerin.
Subs Not Used: Young, Jackson, Cuthbert.
Goals: Milne 37, 39, Sheerin 82.
Ross County: Samson, Irvine, Moore, Dowie, Keddie, Tiernan, Gardyn, Adams, Gunn, Cowie (Higgins 67), McKinlay. Subs Not Used: Anderson, Scott, McCulloch, Malin.
Booked: Tiernan, Samson, Adams, Gardyn, Dowie.
Goal: McKinlay 54.
Ref: W Collum