TWO points from Easter Monday’s clash against the league leaders Castleford were vital for Saints as they seek to climb away from mid table mediocrity.

But perhaps even more important was the sight of two committed and refreshing performances, significantly backed loudly by the supporters.

The first quarter of the 2017 campaign has been tough for the players, officials and fans, and the departure of club legend Keiron Cunningham was not without some pain.

But there were strong, positive signs on Good Friday at Wigan that the change at the top, the tweaks to the gameplan and the selection of wing sensation Regan Grace has helped build some bridges.

And with Saints currently in eighth and needing to make up ground, all components will need to continue pulling together as they make an assault on securing a top eight and top four placing.

Acting interim coach Derek Traynor said: “After the game at Wigan the fans responded with a great reception.

“All the lads mentioned that it had given them a lift and it seemed the fans were happy with what they had put on for them.

“It is something we are big on, when they put a Saints shirt on thay have to give their maximum every time you are out there.

"You saw that on Monday too, the crowd was really behind the lads and they responded.

“Ultimately that is what the club is about – players and fans and it is our job to bring them together.”