Somehow, in the face of unrelenting adversity, they're managing to keep a sense of humour about themselves in Paisley. This was another grim afternoon for Danny Lennon and his players, a fourth successive defeat, another game without scoring and only a Hearts side hampered by a points handicap keeping them off the foot of the table.
The hosts did not play badly in the opening period, but after Motherwell went in front late in the half through John Sutton, St Mirren rarely looked capable of retrieving the situation. A late, fruitless rally was like their season in miniature, the ball careering around the Motherwell box without falling to the feet of a home player as the groans from the crowd grew louder and louder. There was, surprisingly, no widespread jeering at full-time, the long-suffering fans perhaps now inured to what is becoming an increasingly helpless situation.
The defeat will again cast Lennon's future into doubt. He is thought to have come perilously close to losing his job a fortnight earlier following the defeat to Partick Thistle and another loss, regardless of performance, will likely place him in further jeopardy. One of life's great optimists, however, Lennon chose to focus on the positives, rather than worrying about his livelihood. "The players are in a good place mentally," he insisted. "There was a lot of stuff that was good to watch. To a man the character and the quality that we asked for, along with good long phases of possession at times, was there for everyone to see. It's just getting that end product.
"Once again there will be a lot of focus on Danny Lennon and his managerial record and ability over the last few weeks and there will be a negative story. But the only focus I have is to prepare this group physically and mentally for a very difficult game against Hibs next Saturday."
It was perhaps symptomatic of St Mirren's luck this season that even when they thought they had finally got a break with the award of a first-half penalty, it was rescinded moments later. There was little debate that Keith Lasley had fouled Conor Newton but Motherwell were adamant that first contact had taken place outside of the box. Referee Craig Thomson consulted with his assistant Alan Mulvanny before deciding to reverse his decision and award a free kick just outside the box. "I've never come across that in my time as a player or manager," sighed Lennon.
It would get worse for St Mirren just eight minutes later when Motherwell went in front. Zaine Francis-Angol swung in an enticing ball that Sutton was able to head goalwards. The ball seemed to take an eternity before somehow getting beyond goalkeeper David Cornell and dropping into the net.
Motherwell, buoyed by their advantage, looked brighter after the interval and had a number of chances to extend their lead. Shaun Hutchinson hit the bar, while James McFadden should have done better than put a chance over the top. In that desperate late rally, St Mirren then applied some pressure but the goal just wouldn't come. They are getting used to that now.