Hibernian produced a morale-boosting comeback victory to further ease the pressure on boss Pat Fenlon.
Stevie May had St Johnstone in the lead after he executed a fantastic drive from outside the box.
However, Hibs forward Paul Heffernan restored parity after Scott Robertson's effort hit the post.
James Collins snatched a winner and the striker's first goal for the club to stretch Hibs' unbeaten record to four Scottish Premiership games.
The Saints had not lost at McDiarmid Park since last November. It was Fenlon's men who inflicted a 1-0 defeat back then and they once again prevented the hosts from taking the three points here.
The Leith side's problem this season has been their profligacy up front but there was no sign of this on Saturday as Heffernan and Collins both scored to give the visitors an important victory.
Fenlon captured Kilmarnock striker Heffernan before the transfer window closed and, in his first start, he provided more impetus up front for the visitors - linking-up well with Collins - and could have added to the strike he grabbed here.
Collins also opened his account from a tight angle which would have given him a boost following a barren spell in front of goal since his move from Swindon Town.
But it was the opposition's striker May who had the hosts ahead with a stunning effort from outside the box.
St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright would have been delighted to hold on to his star man despite advances from Peterborough during the transfer window, with the 20-year-old showing his importance as he grabbed his fourth goal of the season.
Hibs responded well though, as former Saint Liam Craig saw his free-kick cannon off the wall, but the 26-year-old hit an audacious volley on the rebound which was wonderfully saved by Alan Mannus in goal.
Heffernan was mystified about his departure from Rugby Park, but there was no uncertainty about his equaliser as he slotted home from a tight angle.
Robertson had initially done well to get the shot away but his effort cannoned off the post, allowing Heffernan to show his striking instincts as he nipped in and scored.
The Irish attacker had never been on the winning side against St Johnstone in six attempts but the signs were looking good when Collins, from an acute angle, put his side in front.
May had a couple of chances to equalise, with Hibs' shot-stopper Ben Williams denying him.
Steven MacLean was fortunate to stay on the park when he unceremoniously took the legs from Craig later in the second half while Heffernan could have put the result beyond doubt when he had an excellent opportunity to extend the lead, but it was not to matter as Hibs held on for a valuable victory.
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Saturday, 14 September 2013
05 Wright yellow card (Miller 56)
04 Cregg yellow card
11 Hasselbaink (Edwards 67 yellow card)
09 MacLean yellow card (Fallon 67)
05 Nelson yellow card
16 Stevenson (McPake 69)
10 Craig (Stanton 90+1)
20 Taiwo yellow card
14 Collins yellow card (Zoubir 79)
Ref: MaddenAtt: 4,095
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:27 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
90:00+3:14 The ball is crossed by David Wotherspoon.
90:00+1:49 Kevin Thomson takes the free kick.
90:00+1:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Heffernan by Gary Miller.
90:00+1:09 The ball is delivered by Gary Miller.
90:00+0:12 Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Sam Stanton coming on for Liam Craig.
87:15 Liam Craig takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Steven Anderson gets a block in.
87:08 The ball is sent over by Abdellah Zoubir.
86:58 Michael Nelson takes the free kick.
86:52 Unfair challenge on Alan Maybury by David Wotherspoon results in a free kick.
86:36 Gary Miller restarts play with the free kick.
86:26 Foul by Abdellah Zoubir on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded.
85:40 Abdellah Zoubir delivers the ball.
85:28 Clearance by Scott Robertson.
84:33 Kevin Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
84:10 Booking for Gwion Edwards.
84:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Craig by Gwion Edwards.
82:08 The ball is delivered by Stevie May.
80:47 Gary Miller restarts play with the free kick.
80:39 The official flags Paul Heffernan offside.
80:03 The ball is swung over by Gwion Edwards.
78:55 Substitution Abdellah Zoubir is brought on as a substitute for James Collins.
77:51 Clearance made by Michael Nelson.
77:49 David Mackay delivers the ball.
75:51 Free kick taken by Steven Anderson.
75:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Patrick Cregg.
74:11 Free kick taken by Alan Mannus.
74:05 Alan Mannus takes the free kick.
73:56 Tom Taiwo is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.
73:36 Alan Maybury restarts play with the free kick.
73:26 The official flags Stevie May offside.
72:05 Alan Maybury crosses the ball in from the free kick.
71:54 Foul by David Wotherspoon on Scott Robertson, free kick awarded.
71:42 Michael Nelson makes a clearance.
71:25 Header by Michael Nelson misses right.
71:19 Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick.
71:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gwion Edwards on Paul Hanlon.
Correction - 68:20 Substitution James McPake is brought on as a substitute for Lewis Stevenson.
68:20 Substitution James McPake joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lewis Stevenson.
67:43 Corner taken by Liam Craig from the left by-line.
67:18 Corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line.
67:00 Patrick Cregg is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
66:51 Free kick crossed by Kevin Thomson.
66:32 Substitution Rory Fallon replaces Steven MacLean.
66:24 Substitution Nigel Hasselbaink goes off and Gwion Edwards comes on.
66:07 Handball by Patrick Cregg.
65:19 Paul Heffernan takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
63:47 Clearance made by Steven Anderson.
63:42 Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Craig.
63:15 Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Correction - 63:00 The referee books Steven MacLean for unsporting behaviour.
Correction - 63:00 Booking
62:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven MacLean on Liam Craig.
61:47 Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick.
61:19 Patrick Cregg challenges Lewis Stevenson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
58:47 GOAL - James Collins:St Johnstone 1 - 2 Hibernian James Collins scores with their right foot. St Johnstone 1-2 Hibernian.
57:24 Paul Heffernan has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
56:51 David Wotherspoon delivers the ball.
55:30 Substitution Gary Miller comes on in place of Frazer Wright.
52:44 Centre by Liam Craig.
52:22 Paul Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.
52:10 Frazer Wright receives a caution.
52:04 Frazer Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Thomson.
51:47 Scott Robertson restarts play with the free kick.
51:35 Patrick Cregg concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Robertson.
49:41 Tom Taiwo takes the free kick.
49:34 Foul by Murray Davidson on Scott Robertson, free kick awarded.
48:45 Shot by Murray Davidson went harmlessly over the bar.
48:31 Murray Davidson sends in a cross.
46:59 David Wotherspoon produces a cross.
46:45 Michael Nelson manages to make a clearance.
46:41 Corner taken by David Wotherspoon.
46:13 David Wotherspoon delivers the ball.
45:26 Lewis Stevenson crosses the ball.
45:01 The second half kicks off.
45:00+1:35 The half-time whistle blows.
45:00+0:57 Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick.
45:00+0:45 Nigel Hasselbaink gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Robertson.
45:00+0:26 Paul Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.
45:00+0:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stevie May on Michael Nelson.
44:20 Alan Maybury crosses the ball in from the free kick.
44:12 Nigel Hasselbaink challenges Scott Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
42:08 The ball is crossed by Tom Scobbie.
41:55 Clearance by Michael Nelson.
41:44 David Wotherspoon crosses the ball in from the free kick.
41:12 Caution for Tom Taiwo.
41:04 Unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Tom Taiwo results in a free kick.
39:56 Clearance made by Michael Nelson.
39:30 Clearance made by Paul Hanlon.
39:27 Centre by David Wotherspoon.
38:37 Free kick taken by Ben Williams.
38:16 Stevie May is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.
34:37 The assist for the goal came from Scott Robertson.
34:37 GOAL - Paul Heffernan:St Johnstone 1 - 1 Hibernian Paul Heffernan grabs a goal with a right foot finish. St Johnstone 1-1 Hibernian.
34:28 Scott Robertson takes a shot and hits the post.
34:15 James Collins takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
33:04 Stevie May takes a shot and went wide left of the net.
31:16 Clearance by Frazer Wright.
31:12 The ball is crossed by Lewis Stevenson.
30:12 Paul Heffernan takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
30:02 Centre by Lewis Stevenson.
29:15 Free kick taken by Kevin Thomson.
29:07 Foul by Murray Davidson on Kevin Thomson, free kick awarded.
28:49 Clearance by Michael Nelson.
27:30 The ball is crossed by Alan Maybury.
26:07 Alan Mannus takes the free kick.
25:33 Booking for James Collins for unsporting behaviour.
25:24 Unfair challenge on Frazer Wright by James Collins results in a free kick.
25:09 Free kick taken by Ben Williams.
25:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Nelson by Stevie May.
24:09 Corner taken by Liam Craig.
23:52 Liam Craig takes a shot. A parry by Alan Mannus prevents the goal.
23:39 Liam Craig fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
22:56 Unfair challenge on Paul Heffernan by Steven Anderson results in a free kick.
21:54 Centre by Tom Taiwo.
20:57 A cross is delivered by Alan Maybury.
20:30 Clearance by Tom Scobbie.
18:55 Frazer Wright takes the free kick.
18:46 Paul Heffernan is caught offside.
18:09 Handball decision goes against Stevie May.
16:46 GOAL - Stevie May:St Johnstone 1 - 0 Hibernian Stevie May scores with their right foot. St Johnstone 1-0 Hibernian.
16:41 Murray Davidson crosses the ball.
16:20 Tom Scobbie crosses the ball.
16:12 Michael Nelson manages to make a clearance.
16:08 Free kick crossed by David Mackay.
15:48 Paul Heffernan handles the ball and concedes a free kick.
14:13 Free kick taken by Patrick Cregg.
14:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg by James Collins.
13:06 Tom Scobbie crosses the ball.
12:52 Clearance by Alan Maybury.
12:45 David Wotherspoon delivers the ball.
11:42 The ball is crossed by Nigel Hasselbaink.
11:34 Clearance made by Scott Robertson.
11:27 David Wotherspoon crosses the ball in from the free kick.
10:54 Booking for Michael Nelson.
10:47 Foul by Michael Nelson on Stevie May, free kick awarded.
10:10 Tom Scobbie makes a clearance.
9:54 Kevin Thomson takes the free kick.
9:48 Patrick Cregg challenges Kevin Thomson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
8:55 David Wotherspoon takes a shot and cleared the bar.
8:16 Centre by Tom Taiwo.
4:32 Frazer Wright makes a clearance.
4:26 Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Craig.
4:03 James Collins takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Frazer Wright gets a block in.
3:48 Paul Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.
3:42 David Wotherspoon challenges Liam Craig unfairly and gives away a free kick.
3:21 Patrick Cregg restarts play with the free kick.
3:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stevie May by Michael Nelson.
2:45 Free kick crossed by David Mackay.
2:23 Kevin Thomson challenges David Wotherspoon unfairly and gives away a free kick.
1:28 Kevin Thomson manages to make a clearance.
1:19 David Wotherspoon crosses the ball in from the free kick.
1:07 Alan Maybury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven MacLean.
0:00 The game kicks-off.
0:00 Caution for Steven MacLean.
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