St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas has won the SPL Manager of the Month award for September.
The Saints enjoyed an unbeaten month, including an unexpected 2-1 defeat of Celtic at McDiarmid Park, as they climbed the table and progressed in the League Cup.
Dedicating the award to his players, Lomas said: "I’m very delighted. Hopefully it’s not the curse, as we have a big game at the weekend with St Mirren.
"It’s all credit to the players and this award's for the boys more than myself. It’s a credit to their professionalism and attitude, so I’m delighted for them."
The Perth side's manager accepted that August was not a vintage month for the team but said that a high turnover of players had contributed to the slow start.
Since defeating Celtic, the Saints have not looked back.
Lomas said: "We lost 12 players in the summer which is a high turnover for any club. We’ve had to take time molding them and felt that we should probably have had more points.
"We were where we were and that great win against Celtic certainly gave us confidence."
Lomas steered his side to the loss of just three goals in the league, while his strikers clicked into gear and found the net seven times in victories over Ross County, Dundee and the reigning champions.
They also held Dundee United to a scoreless draw and defeated Division Three Queens Park in the cup.
The 38-year-old Northern Irish manager said at the weekend that he wanted his side to continue their fine form, which has seen them climb to three points behind the leaders, Celtic.