By Derek Clark at Rugby Park
A Louis Moult strike three minutes from time gave Mark McGhee his first win as Motherwell boss in his second spell in charge of the Fir Park outfit.
If truth be told, the Steelmen were perhaps fortunate to take all three points in a match devoid of any real goalmouth chances.
The game looked to have been heading for a stalemate until the 87th minute when substitute Moult poked the ball into the bottom corner of the net to send the Well’ supporters wild.
The result was harsh on Killie who played well but just lacked that cutting edge in the final third.
It was the Steelmen’s 100th victory over the Ayrshire side and boss Mark McGhee was delighted.
“I’m still in the learning process so to come here and win is a bonus,” he said.
“The back four kept their shape and dealt with their strikers well to give us a platform to win the game.”
Meanwhile Killie boss Gary Locke couldn’t hide his disappointment.
“It’s a sore one, if there was one team going to win the game I thought it would be us.
“We’re playing well, we’re doing the right things and if we keep doing what we’re doing we’ll win more games than we lose.”