Motherwell manager Stuart McCall hailed his side's return to form following their 2-0 victory at Kilmarnock.
Second-half goals from John Sutton and Henri Anier helped McCall's men bounce back from their recent 4-0 defeat by Dundee United.
McCall, who had asked full-backs Fraser Kerr and Zaine Francis-Angol to overlap, said: "We set up to play in a slightly different way and after taking a little while to settle we got into a good pattern. The full-backs got high and wide and got some really good balls in.
"We were disappointed to come in at half-time and not be ahead. But we had a clean sheet and a really strong, positive performance.
"Sometimes when you miss chances it comes back to haunt you. Thankfully that wasn't the case and Henri's goal put the icing on the cake.
"The last four games, even though we beat Hibs, we have not performed at a great level. Today we were back more like ourselves. We were strong and resolute when we needed to be and also played some good football."
Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston was once again left to bemoan slack defending.
Johnston, whose side should have levelled midway through the half when Kris Boyd missed a free header, said: "When you look at the performance, I don't think it merited a 2-0 defeat. But how many times can we keep saying the same thing?
"We created a few good chances but teams don't need to work hard to score against us and that's been a problem since we came in.
"There were loads of mistakes for the first goal. It came from our corner. They have got one striker up the park and we have two back and he manages to hold the ball in.
"Then the ball gets played across the face of goal, comes out the other side and comes back in again and Sutton is still standing by himself, and we have three or four players round about him. It's just basic defending, you pick someone up.
"And the second goal we just got bullied. It's very poor defending."