Motherwell FC gained a crucial 3-0 Scottish Premiership victory at bottom club Dundee United on Tuesday night.
The result lifted ’Well out of the relegation play-off spot and up to eighth, just three points off the top six.
The victory vindicated manager Mark McGhee’s decision to make five changes from Saturday’s disastrous 2-0 home loss to Kilmarnock.
James McFadden, Louis Laing, Ben Hall, Keith Lasley and Louis Moult were all brought in for ’Well’s 3-5-2 formation.
Other than ’Well keeper Connor Ripley’s 22nd minute save from a Blair Spittal shot, the first half was uneventful until the Steelmen took the lead in fine fashion on the stroke of half-time.
Centre back Stephen McManus – the only defender not dropped from Saturday – netted a flick header from McFadden’s free-kick.
’Well survived a major scare on 65 minutes when Ripley fumbled a John Rankin free-kick, before the ensuing scramble resulted in Spittal heading against the bar.
Two goals from Scott McDonald – a half volley from a Josh Law corner and a stunning shot from outside the box – sealed a crucial win for ’Well full of character and clinical finishing.