Manager Jack Ross says he was pleased to see Hibs edge out a close encounter with Kilmarnock on their travels to Rugby Park.
The Hibees recorded another win in Premiership action, Kevin Nisbet continuing his remarkable run of form with a seventh goal of the season, this time from the penalty spot to seal a 1-0 away win.
Hibs have given up 13 points from winning positions since Ross took over last November but they have shown remarkable improvement this term. Ross was delighted with the Rugby Park points.
“The changing room is a happy place because it’s not easy winning here,” he said. “But we did that. I think it is a sign of how far we’ve come that we can come here and tough the game out like that.
“The defensive players have been terrific all season. When we reflect on last season, the one thing we knew we had to be better at was the defensive part because we conceded too many goals.
“But our record has been very good. They have back-to-back clean sheets away from home and individually they all played really well.”
It’s the perfect way to prepare for a mouthwatering clash with Hearts next week. The Edinburgh Derby will take place, perhaps for the only time this season, at Hampden in Scottish Cup semi-final action.
Ross says there’s big ‘incentive’ for the Easter Road club: “As a manger, when one game ends, thoughts always turn to the next game, regardless of the opposition or competition.
“But it is is brilliant for us to have the whole week ahead of it given the magnitude of the game. I’m really looking forward to it and I’ve got a group of players in the dressing room who will be bang at it and ready when the time comes around. I’ve got a group that are in the best possible frame of mind.
“Obviously, it is huge for the fans. When we started the tournament in January against Dundee United, we spoke after that first game at Tannadice about being in the competition to win it.
“We can get another step closer to that going into next Saturday. It’s a huge incentive for us in terms of players and staff and then the game itself, we know what it means to the supporters.”