A side that were beginning to feel the heat after a win-less run of nine matches in all competitions was Livingston.

What will come as a welcome relief was their 1-0 victory over Europe-chasing Kilmarnock. Can Gary Holt’s side kick on and cement a top six spot?

Gary Holt’s Livingston, despite a poor recent run, are possibly the biggest overachievers in the league. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Livingston’s form was certainly erratic. The Tony Macaroni, earlier on in the season, was a fortress. On their travels, Holt’s side have gone back to what they do best – looking to frustrate teams in order to pick up points. Yet that victory feeling had gone missing, until Chris Erskine’s winner against Kilmarnock.

February, despite the Dundee defeat, has looked a good month for the Lions. You could even argue that the sending off in that match hurt them. The hosts went 1-0 up with 10 men, but had to see it out with a numerical disadvantage and failed to do so, losing 2-1.

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It started with a decent point in the stalemate at Tynecastle, frustrating the Jambos to yet another goalless draw. It’s the second time they’ve prevented Hearts from taking all three points in the capital this season.

Liam Kelly, now with the most clean sheets in the Premiership, has been superb in goal for Livingston this season (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Top six and their rivals

Now with the Kilmarnock win, they’re only four points off sixth-placed Hibs. What also goes in their favour is the fact they don’t play in midweek. St Johnstone and Hibs, both vying for sixth alongside Livi, play one another at McDiarmid Park.

Should they draw, that gives Livi a great incentive to close the gap on the duo in their game against St Mirren at the weekend. They face the Buddies who, despite two impressive consecutive draws on the road at Pittodrie and Tynecastle, remain bottom.

Oran Kearney’s basement boys St Mirren are next to face Livingston. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

If they can frustrate the home side in a trademark Livingston away performance, all they need is a counter attack, lucky break or set piece. Keep it tight and remain in the game as long as they can and look to punish their hosts.

Livi also host both St Johnstone and Hibs before the split. The Saints may have already won in West Lothian this season but motivation could be the difference as Livingston look to close the gap in order to finish in the top half.

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