Motherwell had to battle from behind to claim a point at McDiarmid Park.
Second-half goals from Shane Blaney and Mika Biereth cancelled out a two-goal St Johnstone advantage.
The Steelmen thought they had take the lead in the 12th minute as a ball over the top found Conor Wilkinson. He cooly lifted the ball over Mitov and into the net but VAR ruled there was a handball in the build up.
It looked like a bright start but minutes later, the home side were ahead.
A corner from the left found Nicky Clark, who rose highest in the box and headed past Kelly.
In the 27th minute, there was another corner and another goal.
A delivery pinged about the box and fell at the feet of Andy Considine who finished from 6 yards.
‘Well had a decent spell of pressure as they looked for a goal just before the break but Dan Casey’s diving header was cleared as it looked to be goalbound.
Stuart Kettlewell made a change at the break with Theo Bair coming on for Brodie Spencer and the Canadian almost made an immediate impact.
Blair Spittal’s ball across the box seemed destined for the big striker but a last-ditch tackle from Ryan McGowan cleared the danger.
With just over twenty minutes to go, the Steelmen had a life-line. A Motherwell corner was recycled to Spittal and his ball into the box was nodded across goal to Shane Blaney who headed in his first goal in claret and amber.
Motherwell looked rejuvenated and grabbed an equalised sixe minutes later.
Substitute Georgie Gent burst down the left and delivered a poinpoint cross to Mika Biereth who applied an expert volleyed finish – his third goal in his last four games.
Liam Kelly was forced into a superb save from Matt Smith’s volley but it was the visitors who almost snatched three points as Oli Shaw was slid in but the ball seemed to get caught up in his feet and the chance was gone.
Motherwell team: Kelly, O’Donnell, Casey, Butcher, Blaney, Spencer, Spittal, Slattery, Paton, Biereth, Wilkinson.
Motherwell subs: Oxborough, Gent, Mugabi, Zdravkovski, Wells, L.Ross, M.Ross, Shaw, Bair.