St Mirren manager Danny Lennon praised his side for stifling Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Paisley.
"We defended and cancelled out their front force," Lennon told BBC Radio Scotland.
"You've got wee [Billy] McKay who's up there in the top goal-scoring charts in Scotland just now and we really kept them to a minimum today."
Inverness were second best in a first half during which Steven Thompson, making his 100th St Mirren appearance, hit the post.
"Some of the football we came out with in the first half was breathtaking," said Lennon.
"The only disappointing thing for us is that we never capitalised on one of those.
"I must compliment their goalkeeper, I thought he had some fantastic saves in the first half.
"It was a big test for us today, being host to the second-top team in the SPFL."
Lennon's attention now turns to a Scottish Cup fourth-round replay against Queen of the South on Tuesday in Paisley, having drawn the initial game 2-2 at Palmerston.
"We know it's going to be a difficult challenge," he added.
"We know we'll have to be at our best. We enjoyed the experience of picking up silverware last year."