TWO league wins either side of a strong performance against Hibs in the Betfred Cup ended a good week for Peter Grant's men and he believes his side deserved their win on Saturday.

After a disappointing first half, Grant's men regrouped in the second and scored twice to defeat Inverness Caley Thistle and keep themselves above the bottom two teams on the league table.

Grant told Advertiser Sport: "It's obviously important to win games of football, I've always said that.

"I get disappointed when we play well and don't win but as I say a lot of the performances have been very good.

"I thought in the first half Inverness were the better side, there's no getting away from that, but in the second half we galvanised ourselves [and] got ourselves a little bit better organised.

"Just before the game we were spooked a little bit with Alan [Trouten] pulling out four minutes before kick-off so we had to adjust what we were trying to do, but I thought they responded to it fantastically well in the second half and they thoroughly deserved what they got from the game."

Innes Murray's goal and assist sealed the three points and Grant says it was thoroughly deserved.

He said: "Now he's getting a bit more fitter, ow we're getting to see the best of him.

"He's a talented boy and a fantastic professional as well so he deserved the quality, but it wasn't luck, he tries that in training and produces it in training so that's why he's got that quality to trust in himself on a matchday."

Cameron O'Donnell was another impressive performer, even more so considering he only got added to the team minutes before kick-off.

Grant continued: "He thoroughly deserved it because he's trained really well.

"Last year I wasn't sure, I knew he had talent, but [the question was] was he going to improve as a footballer?

"I was delighted with him [on Saturday]. I thought he done really, really well for us, kept that balance for us.

"We know he's got a quality left foot but there's more to the game than that.

"As I say I'm chuffed for him because he's a smashing kid who works extremely hard at training."

Alan Trouten pulling out just minutes before the match was a blow to Grant, with Stefan Scougall also unavailable through injury.

Grant says they'll have to wait to see who's fit for Raith Rovers on Boxing Day.