St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright was happy with his team’s 3-1 Betfred Cup win at Elgin but felt it should have been more convincing.
Danny Swanson’s solo goal rewarded Saints’ first-half dominance, with many more chances squandered.
They paid the penalty for poor finishing as Jamie Duff levelled for the League Two side but strikes by Graham Cummins and Steven MacLean in the closing 18 minutes saw the Perth men claim victory.
Wright said: “For it to finish 3-1 was credit to Elgin for the way they defended and the way their goalkeeper played.
“It was a comfortable day for us in the end.
“But when it’s only 1-0 at half-time anything can happen and Elgin had a moment of quality from a free-kick to get their equaliser.”
Wright singled out his midfield four for praise.
“I was pleased with them all today but I thought (Chris) Millar, Swanson, (Liam) Craig and (Blair) Alston in midfield were excellent,” he said.
“I think how we retained the ball and passed the ball was really good throughout the game.”
On Alston, who he signed from Falkirk in the close season, the manager added: “He just kept going and he did brilliantly for the third goal (setting up MacLean). The quality of that goal in particular was excellent.
“We are now in a good position in the group and we will look forward to our first home game against Falkirk next Saturday.”