The Saints held on to defeat the Candystripes 1-0 at the Brandywell, creating a gap between themselves and title rivals Dundalk at the top of the tableSt Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley has described his side's Airtricity Premier Division win over Derry City as "a bonus".
The Saints returned to the summit of the league after a Killian Brennan free-kick ensured victory over the Candystripes and they now find themselves two points clear of title rivals Dundalk with seven games to go. Buckley revealed his delight at securing the three points but said that his focus was firmly on the next game.
"A draw would have put us top of the table on goal difference. A win is a bonus to us," he told RTE. "It puts us a couple ahead of Dundalk.
"There are big matches this weekend and then a league match with Dundalk. There [are] a lot of tough, tough games to come. We're delighted to be in the mix, we're going well.
"It is that old cliche of the next game and see where we go from there," concluded the St Pat's boss.
Meanwhile, St Patrick's Athletic have confirmed that midfielder Stephen Maher suffered a broken leg during the game against Derry.
Maher, who entered the game as a second-half substitute, suffered the injury when he committed a foul on a Derry City player, for which he received a yellow card.
Elsewhere, the dates for the quarter final of the FAI Cup have been confirmed, with three of the games scheduled for Friday September 13 and the fourth set to take place on Sunday September 15.
Replays will take place on September 16 and 17.
FAI Cup Quarter Final
Friday September 13
St Patrick's Athletic v Shamrock Rovers
Finn Harps v Drogheda United
Shelbourne v Dundalk
Sunday September 15
Sligo Rovers v Derry City