Scott McDonald’s first goal since returning to Fir Park earned Motherwell a vital point against Kilmarnock and moved them off the foot of the table, but manager Ian Baraclough was left wanting more.
A dramatic moment on the cusp of half-time saw the visitors reduced to 10-men and the Well draw level.
Tope Obadeyi opened the scoring on 20 minutes before Daryl Westlake was shown two yellow cards for challenges on Marvin Johnson.
And from the resulting free-kick McDonald curled home the hotly anticipated first strike of his second spell at the club.
But Motherwell weren’t able to seal all three points in the second-half, and despite moving above St Mirren, who weren’t in action, the manager was left frustrated.
“It was two points dropped for us,” Baraclough said. “We dominated the game even when it was 11 v 11.
“We created chances and got good balls into the box but we didn’t capitalise on them.”
McDonald was also left ruing missed chances.
“It was good to get the first one out of the way,” the striker said, “But my overall play was scrappy.
“I’ll probably go home kicking myself about that, I expect better from myself.”
Gary Locke, meanwhile, was pleased to stretch his unbeaten run to six games and left the happier of the two managers.
“I thought it was an excellent performance, the boys gave me everything,” he said. “We’re obviously disappointed with the sending off but I thought they were magnificent.”