Dundee grant Paul Hartley's New Year wish against St Johnstone
The Dark Blues boss had called on his players to end 2016 on a winning note after picking up recently following a sticky start earlier in the campaign, and his plea did not fall on deaf ears.
The rampant hosts triumphed courtesy of first-half goals by Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Kostadin Gadzhalov before Saints captain Steven Anderson turned the ball into his own net in the 57th minute.
Hartley said: “It’s what we wanted. There have been some difficult moments this season so we wanted to round off the year with a win for the supporters.
“We know what we’re capable of on our day and we certainly deserved this win as we played like a team from start to finish.
“That’s what really pleased me overall. It should give us hope for the new year.
“We’ve got a break first of all but then we’ll get back into it and see where we go. The lads are a great bunch and are all determined to climb the table.
“That’s our aim and if we can play like this then we should give ourselves a chance.”
Meanwhile, St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright resisted the temptation to criticise his players having watched their five-game unbeaten run come to an end.
Wright said: “There wasn’t that much wrong with the performance. It’s not as though we didn’t create chances and we hit the woodwork. When you go 2-0 down it’s always difficult and we should have dealt better with their first two goals. But we had a good December until this game so the lads have done well overall.”