The 33-year old veteran got the home side off to a good start when he forced home in the 20th minute after Steven Davis' corner had fallen into his path and he admitted it was a great feeling to help the reigning Scottish Premier League champions to a morale-boosting victory following their disappointing 1-1 draw with St Mirren on the weekend.
"It was a good exercise for the boys and I thought we played well and in stages were much the better team and passed the ball well," he told the club's official website.
"It was good for the guys that have not been involved for the majority of the season to get a bit of game time.
"I was enjoying it. I've not played a lot of games because my knee's been playing up a bit and I got a bit down about that.
"Over the last two weeks in training I've felt I'm getting back to where I want to be and hopefully tonight I've added to that.
"It was good to get a goal, albeit that it was a bit of a sclaff, it was just good to see it going in."