Dunfermline v Aberdeen reaction
Dunfermline boss Jim Jefferies hopes for a favour from St Mirren after his side beat Aberdeen 3-0 to move within three points of Hibernian.
Andy Kirk netted twice after Joe Cardle opened the scoring as the Pars ended a 12-match winless run with a first victory at East End Park this term to pile the pressure on William Hill Scottish Cup finalists Hibs ahead of their trip to Paisley on Sunday.
"It was great to get a result and the boys deserved it," Jefferies said.
"We've got a win at home and it's come at an important time. It's not a proud record still, but at least it's broken.
"We'll see where it takes us. We just hope maybe St Mirren can play outstandingly well tomorrow and keep it going that wee bit longer and be in the hunt.
"Both of us have got difficult games in midweek, we go to Inverness and they (Hibs) go to Aberdeen.
"We've done our bit. They're the ones in the driving seat but we've given them something to think about and put them under a wee bit more pressure for tomorrow.
"It will be very interesting."
It was Jefferies' first win as Pars boss since succeeding Jim McIntyre last month and the former Hearts manager has avoided defeat in three of his five matches in charge.
The May 7 meeting between Hibs and Dunfermline at Easter Road could yet prove decisive in the battle to avoid the drop.
An abysmal display from Aberdeen contributed to the result.
After missing numerous first-half opportunities and a series of poor final passes, the Dons conceded three goals in 21 minutes due to defensive failings.
Cardle latched on to a mix-up between Josh Magennis and Ryan Jack to open the scoring after 56 minutes before his free-kick found an unmarked Kirk for the second and the former Hearts striker completed victory 13 minutes from time after being gifted the ball.
"It's the first time since I came in that Dunfermline have led and the difference it makes is phenomenal," Jefferies added.
"It allowed us to change the system, with two wide and one through the middle, and you can put them under pressure and keep putting it in behind them.
"As a result of putting it in behind them we got the two goals."
Aberdeen boss Craig Brown was fuming with a result which saw his side slip four points behind seventh-placed Kilmarnock.
"I'm very angry, very disappointed," he said.
"There were three horrendous defensive errors which cost us. The third goal was an example of carelessness at the back which cost us dearly.
"We conceded three goals and that is unacceptable. Dunfermline deserve credit for taking their chances and scoring three goals but we deserve criticism for conceding so softly."
The Dons play Hibs on Wednesday in another contest which could impact on the battle to avoid the drop.
"We don't want the season to peter out," Brown added.
"We've got to get results in the remaining three matches, otherwise there will be a despondency about the place.
"We've got to do ourselves a favour on Wednesday night. We must do very much better."