Perseverance rewarded Dundee United as Mario Bilate struck the winning goal against Motherwell at Tannadice.
The striker came off the bench in the second half to provide the decisive touch against Motherwell.
The home side had looked sharper and more threatening, but Motherwell had refused to buckle.
It took a fierce shot to quell the visitors, and establish United's ambitions to build on last season's progress.
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