St Mirren claimed a point in their battle to avoid a relegation play-off by fighting back to draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Buddies took the lead through Jason Naismith's strike and Ross Draper nodded Caley Thistle level.

Greg Tansey lashed home to put the hosts ahead but parity was restored via Sean Kelly's second-half header.

Inverness finished the match with 10 men after Josh Meekings was dismissed for a foul on Josh Magennis.

With Partick Thistle and Ross County also drawing in their respective matches, St Mirren remain second-bottom in the play-off spot, two below Partick with six games to play.

In the top half of the table, Inverness remain four points clear of sixth-place St Johnstone.

St Mirren, without a win since 1 March, set about arresting their run of defeats by taking the lead early in the match.

Graeme Shinnie and Greg Tansey celebrate the latter's goal for Inverness

Tansey (right) temporarily put Inverness ahead

Kenny McLean's free-kick found Naismith, who showed composure to beat goalkeeper Dean Brill.

Meekings' header was tipped over by Chris Dilo but the Buddies goalkeeper was beaten by Draper's effort after the midfielder rose above Darren McGregor to meet Graeme Shinnie's corner.

Billy McKay then spurned a decent chance to put the hosts in front. Inverness fans sing that McKay "scores when he wants".

However, this was far from evident when, one on one with keeper Christopher Dilo and possibly with the intervention of a bobble on the pitch, his effort sped wide.

Nevertheless, the striker was instrumental in their next goal, heading Liam Polworth's cross into the path of Tansey, who netted from 10 yards.

A goalbound shot by Steve Thompson was blocked by a combination of Inverness defenders before the break.

Although disappointed on that occasion, the Paisley side were not to be denied after the hour mark as McLean's corner found Kelly and the defender headed beyond Brill.

And, after Magennis sped clear of Meekings, the defender committed the foul which resulted in his red card.

Referee Willie Collum believed McGennis had a goalscoring opportunity, although Inverness manager John Hughes insisted that Shinnie was tracking back.

Both sides had chances to win it but neither Nick Ross for Inverness nor McLean could find a winner.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

  • 12 Brill
  • 02 Raven
  • 03 Shinnie
  • 20 Polworth
  • 05 Warren
  • 06 Meekings Dismissed
  • 16 Tansey (Ross - 51' )
  • 08 Draper
  • 07 McKay (Watkins - 72' )
  • 36 Christie (Devine - 69' )
  • 04 Vincent

Substitutes

  • 01 Esson
  • 11 Ross
  • 14 Devine
  • 15 Watkins
  • 18 Tremarco
  • 19 Williams
  • 40 Evans

St Mirren

  • 30 Dilo
  • 22 Naismith
  • 18 Kelly
  • 24 Newton
  • 06 Goodwin
  • 04 McGregor
  • 07 McGinn (McAusland - 50' Booked )
  • 11 McLean
  • 09 Thompson
  • 12 Campbell (Magennis - 64' )
  • 39 Wylde (Teale - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 02 van Zanten
  • 14 McAusland
  • 16 Magennis
  • 17 Reilly
  • 21 Teale
  • 40 Mathers
  • 99 Djemba-Djemba
Ref: William Collum
Att: 3,032

Match Stats

Shots

7 10

On target

4 3

Corners

6 6

Fouls

15 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Inverness CT 2, St Mirren 2.

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, St Mirren 2.

90:00 +0:39

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

88:43

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

88:43

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

86:44

Foul by Danny Devine (Inverness CT).

86:44

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

82:24

Hand ball by Kenny McLean (St Mirren).

81:52

Attempt blocked. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

79:48

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

79:48

Josh Magennis (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:38

Nick Ross (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:38

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

77:42

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

77:42

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:20

Attempt blocked. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

76:41

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

76:41

Darren McGregor (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:00

Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:00 Booking

Booking Marc McAusland (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

72:52

Foul by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).

72:14

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:14

Foul by Josh Magennis (St Mirren).

71:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Marley Watkins replaces Billy McKay.

68:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Devine replaces Ryan Christie.

68:04

Attempt blocked. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67:06 Dismissal

Dismissal Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

67:00

Josh Magennis (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:58

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

65:49

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:49

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

63:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Gary Teale replaces Gregg Wylde.

63:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Josh Magennis replaces Adam Campbell.

62:00

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:59

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

61:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Inverness CT 2, St Mirren 2. Sean Kelly (St Mirren) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Steven Thompson.

60:30

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

59:26

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by David Raven.

58:44

Foul by Nick Ross (Inverness CT).

58:44

Gregg Wylde (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:13

James Vincent (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:13

Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).

56:59

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

54:52

Foul by Nick Ross (Inverness CT).

54:52

Sean Kelly (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:14

David Raven (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:14

Foul by Gregg Wylde (St Mirren).

51:15

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

51:15

Darren McGregor (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:00

Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:58

Foul by Sean Kelly (St Mirren).

50:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Greg Tansey because of an injury.

49:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Marc McAusland replaces John McGinn.

49:15

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:15

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

46:41

Attempt missed. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Inverness CT 2, St Mirren 1.

45:00 +0:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Inverness CT 2, St Mirren 1.

44:37

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:37

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

44:04

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

44:04

Darren McGregor (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:34

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:34

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

41:09

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

40:55

Attempt blocked. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

40:18

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Ross Draper.

39:05

Foul by James Vincent (Inverness CT).

39:05

Darren McGregor (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:12

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

37:22

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

37:22

Conor Newton (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Inverness CT 2, St Mirren 1. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Billy McKay.

31:14

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Chris Dilo.

26:51

Attempt missed. Sean Kelly (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

24:33

Attempt saved. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

23:57

Hand ball by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

22:50

Billy McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:50

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

21:09

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

19:20

Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

19:20

Darren McGregor (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:31

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

17:05

Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

15:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Inverness CT 1, St Mirren 1. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Graeme Shinnie with a cross following a corner.

15:28

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Conor Newton.

15:04

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

10:05

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Chris Dilo.

9:49

Attempt saved. Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

9:22

Foul by Adam Campbell (St Mirren).

9:22

Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:09

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:09

Foul by James Vincent (Inverness CT).

5:52

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

3:50

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

3:30

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Gary Warren.

2:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Inverness CT 0, St Mirren 1. Jason Naismith (St Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John McGinn with a cross.

2:00

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:57

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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