Derry City moved into the top half of the Premier Division by winning 2-0 away to bottom club Limerick in Monday night's Premier Division fixture.
City made the breakthrough with a 23rd-minute penalty scored by Barry McNamee after Patrick McEleney had been brought down by home keeper Conor O'Donnell.
Mark Timlin made it 2-0 with a curling finish in first-half stoppage time.
With Longford Town losing away to Cork, the win takes the Candystripes up to sixth in the 12-team top flight.
Derry had gone into the match at Jackman Park having failed to score in their last three matches.
They had an early anxious moment when Paul O'Connor's shot was blocked by Shane McEleney.
Derry got the opening goal midway the first half when Patrick McEleney was brought down by O'Donnell who was shown a yellow card.
McNamee tucked away the spot-kick to give the visitors a much-needed boost.
Limerick, without a win after eight matches in the Premier Division campaign, pushed forward for an equaliser but could not find a way past keeper Gerard Doherty who was Derry's skipper in the absence of the suspended Ryan McBride.
Derry doubled their advantage in first half stoppage-time as McNamee played in Timlin who switched on to his favoured left foot to shoot across O'Donnell and into the far corner.
Peter Hutton's Candystripes now have 12 points from their opening nine fixtures, while Limerick remain bottom on three points.
|Airtricity Premier Division|
|Bray Wanderers||0-3||Shamrock Rovers|
|Cork City||2-0||Longford Town|
|St Patrick's Athletic||2-2||Drogheda United|