• Terry Butcher winless after six games in charge of Hibs
• Kilmarnock edge 2-1 victory against Partick
Gary Mackay-Steven's goal proved enough to earn Dundee United a narrow home win over Ross County at Tannadice. United dominated possession for long spells and Mackay-Steven's close-range finish to a fine attacking move involving substitute David Goodwillie and Stuart Armstrong after 69 minutes was enough to seal the three points for the hosts. The victory moves the Tangerines up to second place and extends their winning run to six matches. Meanwhile, Derek Adams and his County side have not won a match since October.
Loanees Henri Anier and Lionel Ainsworth both scored to inspire Motherwell to a 3-0 victory over St Mirren. Anier reached seven goals for the season with confident finishes in each half and Ainsworth calmly finished a well-worked move in between as 'Well secured their 10th Scottish Premiership win and their first Fir Park victory over St Mirren for three years.
Kris Boyd's second-half winner allowed Kilmarnock to leapfrog Partick Thistle into ninth place with a 2-1 win at Rugby Park. The former Scotland striker struck 20 minutes from time to take his tally to nine for the season and continue his impressive goal in every two games goal ratio. The in-form winger Chris Johnston contributed his third goal in four games with the opener after 41 minutes, but the hosts were pegged back soon after the interval as Kris Doolan levelled the scores for Thistle. Stevie Lawless missed a glaring chance to level for 2-2 from five yards out.
St Johnstone fought for more than an hour with 10 men to claim a well-deserved 0-0 draw at Terry Butcher's Hibs to leave the new manager winless after six games. Less than a minute after entering the fray, replacing the injured Murray Davidson, former Hibs midfielder Paddy Cregg was sent off for a desperate two-footed challenge on Paul Cairney. Despite their numerical advantage, the hosts struggled to break down a stoic Saints rearguard.