SAINTS went down 29-18 in the Good Friday clash at Wigan in a game spoiled by the harsh dismissal of Kyle Amor.
The Saints prop was red-carded for a 12th minute high tackle on Liam Marshall - but video replays showed that the first contact was with the ball before bouncing up.
Saints had opened the scoring with a Mark Percival penalty before Joe Burgess opened Wigan's account when he got his fingertips to a grubber, and with a penalty the Warriors took an 8-2 lead at the break.
A score from Morgan Knowles just after the break levelled matters.
A try from Marshall and a Escare drop goal put Wigan back in front.
But Saints did not give up and debutant Regan Grace was rewarded for a fine display with a well-taken try on the left.
Tries from Liam Farrell and Marshall put the Warriors back in the driving seat as they exposed vulnerabilities on Saints' weakened right edge.
And then Joe Burgess caught a cross field kick on the full to dive over in one movement.
Still, Saints did not throw in the towel and a patient build up and nice play saw Tommy Makinson back up Zeb Taia for the final try.
The players received a magnificent ovation at the end - a tribute to a valiant 12-man effort.