JONATAN Johansson was delighted to see his Morton side come away with a ‘massive’ victory over Queen of the South at Cappielow in their season-defining week.

Gregor Buchanan’s dramatic late header sealed a 1-0 victory, ending a winless run of six games for the Ton.

It gives the Greenock outfit some breathing space from the teams at the bottom of the Championship, while moving them within just three points of the promotion play-off spots.

Morton changed their formation from recent weeks, going back to a 3-5-2 system, which helped create more chances for the hosts.

Johansson was impressed by his side’s attacking intent throughout the 90 minutes, helping his team get their first win since beating Ross County 1-0 at the start of January.

The win comes off the back of a disappointing loss against Inverness Caley Thistle on Saturday, and the Ton now face a quick turnaround to play Falkirk on Friday night, to end a week which the manager said was going to define his side’s season.

He told the Tele: “You could see in the first 15-20 minutes both teams were nervous, as Queen of the South were going through a bad spell as well.

“You could see it affecting our players, especially the younger ones in the squad, trying things they shouldn’t try, but that’s normal, that’s why I set up the team like I did.

“After the initial spell I felt we passed the ball better, we got into the box better, we had a couple of shots on target. Towards the end of the first half and in the second half it was more open, but I enjoyed the game.

“We were brave on the ball and tried to do the right things, we created many more chances than we have done recently, we opened up a little bit and just because of our bravery, our positivity and confidence I felt we deserved to win it.

“I spoke about it before the Inverness game, but this week was always going to be massive for us and that was going to define our season, and we’ve got another massive one again in a couple of days.”

The Ton boss heaped praise on midfield duo Reece Lyon and Michael Tidser, who came back into the starting line-up.

Young midfielder Lyon made his first start since October, while Tidser returned from a foot injury, making the starting 11 for the first time since Morton’s Scottish Cup loss to East Fife over a month ago.

The pair were part of a number of changes made.

He added: “I knew that the certain players that we have that are older in the team have a few niggly injuries, so we had to use our whole squad for these three games.

“Some of our players can’t play three games in seven days, it’s impossible for us, so we’re stretched.

“I felt especially proud of young Reece who came in again. I thought he had an excellent as well as Tidser.

“He’s been going through some stuff in January and he’s a player who can pass the ball and I’m happy for Buchanan to come up with the goal.”