Just like Bayern Munich, Saints were unable to form a barricade against the German, who thumped in a 32nd-minute goal from 22 yards and he followed it up with a penalty, although St Johnstone claimed Andrei Kanchelskis had dived.
"It was important after the disappointment of losing an equaliser to Bayern in the last minute, that we got a good result against St Johnstone," Albertz said, "but now we can go to Eindhoven with a win in the bag and our heads up again.
"We need three points from PSV because after that we have two home games to come and things could change our way. But everyone knows how hard PSV will be." However, Barry Ferguson is likely to miss the match after damaging his hamstring.
Celtic maintained their pursuit with a 2-0 win at Easter Road, although Hibernian finished the match with only nine men after Franck Sauzee and Paul Lovering were sent off in the second half. Mark Viduka scored both Celtic goals, with a 56th minute header from Lubomir Moravcik's free-kick following Sauzee's dismissal, and then a 65th minute shot.
Stephane Adam's fine double at Tannadice ensured Hearts moved to within a point of Dundee United, but Kilmanrock, the Uefa Cup contestants, lost 2-0 at home to Dundee, and had Kevin McGowne sent off.Reuse content