MORTON manager Jonatan Johansson says his side rose to the occasion as they secured a vital 2-0 victory over Falkirk in the biggest game of their season and his managerial career.

The Ton beat the Bairns thanks to early second-half goals from Greg Kiltie and Charlie Telfer to seal a comfortable three points in the end against their Championship rivals.

If Morton had lost they would have been bottom of the table with two games to go, but the victory lifted them up to sixth place.

After a game with such high stakes watched by a bumper crowd at the Falkirk Stadium, the manager lavished praise on his team after dominating, as they eased their relegation fears.

Johansson told the Tele: “I’m delighted but exhausted as well.”

“It was an excellent performance, we’ve been on a bad run but the last two games have been excellent for me, especially on Saturday.

“I thought we were by far the better team from the word go and we created all the chances.

“We probably could and should have scored more goals and all credit to the players.

“There was a lot of pressure on them and to perform like they have done in the last two games to pick up four points, it’s a credit to them.

“We were trying to keep the pressure off them but everybody knew what was at stake.

“That was by far my biggest game of my managerial career and of the season from my team.

“I’ve been feeling good, in the Inverness game on Tuesday we deserved more and we played well in that game. I felt we played even better on Saturday.

“It was an incredible atmosphere for this level and we rose to the occasion and took the game to them.”

Morton’s fate remains in their own hands, and bizarrely they could find themselves fifth next weekend if they triumph over Dunfermline at East End Park despite still being in a relegation fight.

It’s been a topsy-turvy season for a lot of teams in the division, and the manager was delighted to see his side control the game so well on Saturday, rather than focus on the table.

He added: “It’s a terrific league in one way, the results tell you that again from Saturday and everything has switched again.

“It makes the win even more important. To come away with three points was massive, and we did it by playing really good football and that’s what we can take into the next game.”

The two Morton goals came within the first 10 minutes of the second half.

After having numerous chances to take the lead in the first 45 minutes, the Cappielow boss was pleased his team didn’t drop their heads after failing to score in the first period.

He said: “The goals came at the right time for us.

“We spoke at half-time and I felt we had the best chances in the first half, they couldn’t get to grips with our wing backs and we passed the ball better than them.

“We didn’t want to change too much because they were playing well, we made a small adjustment defensively as they were putting up a lot of diagonals into [Nikolay] Todorov.”