St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright was delighted with his players after they beat Belarusian club FC Minsk 1-0 ibn Europa League qualifying on Thursday night.
Steven MacLean's goal in the 68th minute separated the two sides but Wright felt his Saints team had the upper hand in a scrappy third round affair.
"I don't think we reached the highs that we did in beating Rosenborg (in the second round) in terms of performance. We were workmanlike," he told BBC Radio Scotland.
"It was quite warm out there and very sticky and a few of [the boys] looked a bit heavy-legged.
"But they only really caused us problems on the counter-attack. They were not breaking us down.
"It wasn't pretty, because they are not a pretty side to play against but we got the result we deserved.
"We knew they were not technically better than Rosenborg but had pace up front.
"However, I will repeat myself - it is only half-time and we will not take anything for granted."
St Johnstone host Minsk in the return leg at McDiarmid Park next Thursday.