ROSS County gave their Scottish Premiership survival hopes a shot in the arm with a much-needed three points on the road at Dundee.
The basement battlers from Dingwall ended a grim winless streak to drag themselves within three points of Hamilton after the 4-1 victory which saw Alex Schalk net twice.
The Staggies, stunned by what beleagured boss Owen Coyle called “a horrible run”, took the lead after a goalless first half when Davis Keillor-Dunn curled in a dipper on 49 minutes.
That lead was cancelled out minutes later though when Kerr Waddell headed Dundee level.
Dutchman Schalk, who has a habit of scoring important goals, came to the rescue though when he pounced on a defensive lapse to score County’s second just after the hour mark, adding a third three minutes later after a neat assist from Keillor-Dunn.
Tim Chow came off the bench to strike the death blow for the visitors in stoppage time, allowing a relieved County to register their first win in 13 matches.
Upsets which saw both Celtic and Rangerds beaten on the same day confirm that, on their day, any side in the top flight is capable of beating the big guns.
Eleventh-placed Hamilton may now be in County’s sights but have played fewer games.
Full report, reaction and news from the camp in next week's North Star.