MILES Storey is hoping that Partick Thistle’s win over Queen of the South on Saturday can be the turning point in his own and the team’s season.

Thistle dragged themselves off of the bottom of the Championship with the 2-1 win at Firhill, their first victory in the league since beating Dunfermline back in early December.

They have however been unbeaten since the turn of the year, with draws against Dundee United and Falkirk and a win I the Scottish Cup over Stranraer, and Storey feels that at long last the tide is turning for Gary Caldwell’s men.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Storey said. “We’ve been playing well without getting the points return, and credit to the lads for digging in on Saturday and getting over the line.

“It was a comfortable game really until the penalty, but it’s a game that we would probably have thrown away and drawn a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully that can signal a change and we can keep this up.

“There was a good feeling about the place all week after winning the cup game, and to get that win in the league now and stay unbeaten in January is hopefully the turnaround we need to get out of this position.

“When you look at the squad and the other teams in this league, then we should be up there, but we’re not for whatever reason.

“But we have to look upon this as a turning point. We can’t keep drawing games, especially at home where we need to be killing teams off.

“Relegation comes around sooner than you think if you aren’t winning games, but hopefully we can now put a run together.”

Storey claimed the second of Thistle’s goals on Saturday, bundling home from Blair Spittal’s delivery, and he isn’t having any suggestion that the goal may be taken away from him after referee Colin Steven put it down as an own goal in his report.

“The referee can say what he wants, it’s my goal,” Storey said. “I’m definitely taking it.

“The gaffer has been on at me and all the forwards to get across the front post when the ball is coming into the box, and while the two goals we scored at the weekend won’t be winning any goal of the season awards, it is effective to get balls into the box and to try to get bodies on the end of it.

“I need to try and get goals more regularly, I know that and I’m sure the fans know that.

“I need to affect the play more than what I have been doing, and I’ll be doing everything to do that.

“I’ve been out wide, but I don’t mind that. I feel I can do a job there, but I know I have to work on aspects of my game.

“My balls into the box need to be of a better standard, but I like to run with the ball, so it suits me in other ways.”