I'm trying to verify that a functional I have satisfies the Palais Smale condition for appliction of the Mountain Pass lemma.

However I've encountered this step along the way which seems clear to me but I'm second guessing whether or not it is true.

**Question:** If $u_k \to u$ in $L^{p+1}$ for $p + 1 < 2^*=\frac{2n}{n-2}$ then I would like to see that $\Delta^{-1}(|u_k|^{p-1}u_k) \to \Delta^{-1}(|u|^{p-1}u)$ in $H_0^1(\Omega)$. This is of course equivalent to showing that $|u_k|^{p-1}u_k \to |u|^{p-1}u$ in $H^{-1}(\Omega)$.

*My idea:* Since I have convergence in $L^{p+1}(\Omega)$ it follows that I have convergence in all $L^q(\Omega)$ for $p+1 \geq q \geq 1$. By Sobolev embeddings I believe that it's true that $||w||_{H^{-1}} \leq ||w||_{L^q}$ for any $q$ with $1/q + 1/r = 1$ for $1 \leq r \leq 2^*$. So this should imply the needed $H^{-1}(\Omega)$ convergence *if* I knew that $|u_k|^{p-1}u_k \to |u|^{p-1}u$ in some $L^q$ within this range. The best however I can say is that I have convergence in $L^{\frac{p+1}{p}}$ since $u_k \to u$ in $L^{p+1}$. But then $1 + 1/p > 1 + \frac{n-2}{n+2} = \frac{2n}{n+2}$ which is the conjugate exponent to $2^*$.

This appears to work but is quite technical and messy and all of the 'proofs' I've seen hint at some "simply energy argument". This doesn't appear simple at all! Therefore I would appreciate any suggestions about a better approach or if someone could point out something wrong with how I've thought about it. I hope this fits within the paramaters of the website.