Hearts came from behind to defeat St Mirren and record consecutive wins for the first time this season.

The Scottish Premiership's bottom side were behind within a minute from a Steven Thompson header.

But Hearts were level four minutes later as Callum Paterson rose unmarked to head in from close range.

And, when Marc McAusland was ruled to have felled Dale Carrick shortly after the break, the defender was sent off and Jamie Hamill scored the penalty.

Hearts thereafter survived a couple of nervous moments against the 10 men from Paisley to boost their faint hopes of avoiding relegation.

The Edinburgh side, docked 15 points at the start of the season, had moved into positive points for the first time at the weekend.

St Mirren scorer Steven Thompson

Thompson had put St Mirren ahead after a minute at Tynecastle

But St Mirren, who drew on Saturday, started the more confident of two unchanged line-ups.

The visitors were ahead within a minute when Thompson rose above two Hearts defenders 10 yards out to head home from a Conor Newton cross.

Hearts' young defence looked full of nerves as the Buddies looked to stretch their lead, but some poor defending allowed the Edinburgh side back into the game.

David Smith's cross from the right took a deflection into the St Mirren penalty box, where Paterson rose unmarked to head the equaliser.

The visitors failed to learn their lesson and, when Sam Nicholson cleverly made room for himself wide on the Hearts left minutes later, the cross found Paterson in acres of space in front of the St Mirren goal.

However, this time the forward's header was close enough to Marian Kello for the former Hearts goalkeeper to produce a superb save that sent the ball onto the roof of the net.

St Mirren steadied themselves and ended the first half the more dangerous side once more.

Jamie MacDonald was beaten after McAusland stooped to meet a corner kick, but the defender's header from 12 yards came off the face of the crossbar and the goalkeeper also made a good near-post block to deny Adam Campbell.

Hearts came out after the break with renewed vigour and a Danny Wilson header was deflected off the face of the crossbar and Paterson's attempt to score on the rebound was blocked in front of goal.

However, the home side did go ahead through a hotly disputed penalty that led to McAusland's dismissal after Carrick crashed to the ground as he sped into the box with minimal contact from the defender.

Despite Hamill's confident spot kick giving them the lead, Hearts remained vulnerable and a fine Jim Goodwin free-kick was turned wide by MacDonald at full stretch, while Thompson flicked a great chance over the crossbar from three yards.

Carrick ought to have done better than fire off the face of the post at the other end after pouncing on a ball over the Buddies defence, but the visitors had even more chances.

St Mirren substitute Gregg Wylde was causing Hearts all sorts of problems, forcing a near-post save from MacDonald before finding Thompson in space at the back post only for the striker to loft his volley high over the bar.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Heart of Midlothian

  • 01 MacDonald
  • 05 McGowan (McGhee - 83' )
  • 03 McHattie
  • 02 Hamill
  • 16 McKay
  • 04 Wilson
  • 28 Nicholson (King - 76' )
  • 08 Robinson Booked
  • 12 Paterson
  • 18 Carrick (Oliver - 82' )
  • 17 Smith

Substitutes

  • 13 Ridgers
  • 19 King
  • 20 Tapping
  • 29 Oliver
  • 30 McGhee
  • 31 Beith

St Mirren

  • 28 Kello
  • 22 Naismith
  • 18 Kelly
  • 06 Goodwin Booked
  • 14 McAusland Dismissed
  • 04 McGregor
  • 12 Campbell Booked (Wylde - 65' )
  • 24 Newton
  • 10 McGowan Booked (van Zanten - 90' )
  • 09 Thompson
  • 07 McGinn

Substitutes

  • 02 van Zanten
  • 17 Reilly
  • 26 Brady
  • 27 Grainger
  • 30 Dilo
  • 39 Wylde
  • 43 Hughes
Ref: Steven McLean
Att: 12,422

Match Stats

Shots

14 12

On target

4 5

Corners

6 11

Fouls

12 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hearts 2, St Mirren 1.

90:00 +3:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hearts 2, St Mirren 1.

90:00 +1:26

Attempt saved. Scott Robinson (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:52

Billy King (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:52

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

89:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. David van Zanten replaces Paul McGowan.

86:00

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:57

Foul by Gary Oliver (Hearts).

84:42

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

83:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Jordan McGhee replaces Dylan McGowan.

82:04

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Billy King.

81:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Gary Oliver replaces Dale Carrick.

80:41

Attempt saved. Gregg Wylde (St Mirren) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

79:54

Foul by Dale Carrick (Hearts).

79:54

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:37

Dale Carrick (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:37

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

76:14

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Scott Robinson.

75:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Billy King replaces Sam Nicholson.

74:42

Dale Carrick (Hearts) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

74:18

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by James Goodwin.

73:48

Attempt blocked. David Smith (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

73:00

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:59

Foul by Dale Carrick (Hearts).

72:19

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

69:11

Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:11

Foul by Gregg Wylde (St Mirren).

68:06

Danny Wilson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:06

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

67:08

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

66:47

Attempt saved. James Goodwin (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

66:18 Booking

Booking Scott Robinson (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

65:53

Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

65:53

Paul McGowan (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Gregg Wylde replaces Adam Campbell.

64:30

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Sam Nicholson.

62:46

Attempt missed. Adam Campbell (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is too high.

61:19

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Conor Newton.

58:07

Foul by Brad McKay (Hearts).

58:07

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:44

Attempt missed. John McGinn (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

55:23

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

54:11

Attempt missed. David Smith (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

52:41

Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:41

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

51:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 2, St Mirren 1. Jamie Hamill (Hearts) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

50:33 Dismissal

Dismissal Marc McAusland (St Mirren) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

50:26

Dale Carrick (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:26

Foul by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).

49:24

Foul by Brad McKay (Hearts).

49:24

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:08

Attempt missed. Dale Carrick (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

48:29

Attempt blocked. Callum Paterson (Hearts) header from very close range is blocked.

48:07

Danny Wilson (Hearts) hits the bar with a header from very close range.

47:41

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

47:04 Booking

Booking James Goodwin (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

47:00

Dale Carrick (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:34

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

45:10

Hand ball by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

45:00

Second Half begins Hearts 1, St Mirren 1.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hearts 1, St Mirren 1.

45:00 +0:23

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:23

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

45:00 +0:13

Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

45:00 +0:13

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:41

Attempt missed. Sam Nicholson (Hearts) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

42:33

Attempt missed. Conor Newton (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

42:10

Attempt saved. Adam Campbell (St Mirren) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:45

Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:45

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

39:16

Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

39:16

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:44

Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

37:44

Adam Campbell (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:06

Foul by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

37:06

Paul McGowan (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:00

Jamie Hamill (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:58

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

34:32

Marc McAusland (St Mirren) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a set piece situation.

34:15

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Sam Nicholson.

33:05 Booking

Booking Adam Campbell (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

33:00

Sam Nicholson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:48

Foul by Adam Campbell (St Mirren).

29:39

Attempt saved. Paul McGowan (St Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

28:15

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

27:08

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Scott Robinson.

25:42

Sam Nicholson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:42

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

25:09

Foul by Dale Carrick (Hearts).

25:09

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:24

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24:24

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

23:30

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

23:07

Attempt blocked. David Smith (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

21:57 Booking

Booking Paul McGowan (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

21:52

David Smith (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:52

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

18:32

Attempt blocked. Sam Nicholson (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:46

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

16:21

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

14:33

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

13:04

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Marián Kello.

12:37

Attempt saved. Callum Paterson (Hearts) header from very close range is saved in the top right corner.

10:49

Attempt blocked. Kevin McHattie (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

10:04

Callum Paterson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:04

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

8:53

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

5:17

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

4:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 1, St Mirren 1. Callum Paterson (Hearts) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by David Smith.

1:28

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:28

Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

0:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 0, St Mirren 1. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Newton.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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