St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin felt relief and embarrassment after his side squandered a three-goal lead and still reached the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.
Saints led 4-1 at half-time at Fir Park but Motherwell fought back for a 4-4 draw before Jermaine Hylton’s penalty miss handed the visitors a 3-2 shoot-out win.
Goodwin, whose side host Kilmarnock or Aberdeen in the last eight, said: “The first half was so good and possibly could have been even better.
“We knew Motherwell had nothing to lose and would throw absolutely everything at us.
“When it goes to four-each you are fearing the worst so I have to give credit to my players at that stage because it would have been easy to think it wasn’t going to be our night.
“Relief is probably the main emotion, slightly embarrassed about the second half, but the bottom line is we are in the quarter-finals.”