Hibs and St. Mirren played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Easter Road as the Hibeescame back from 2-0 down after 20 minutes to salvage a point.
Neither manager fielded any of their deadline day signings from kick-off with Hibs keeping Greg Docherty, Marc McNulty and Paul McGinn on the bench while Buddies boss Jim Goodwin resisted the temptation to throw Lee Hodson and Alex Jakubiak into the starting XI.
The opening spell was a tense affair with both sides trying to get the measure of the other, resulting in a series of balls over the top fby each defence until the game settled into a bit more of a rhythm.
It was St. Mirren who had the first real opportunity when some patient build-up saw Junior Morias create himself a yard of space to get a shot off but it sailed over Ofir Marciano’s crossbar.
Hibs began to take control of the game a little bit more after Morais’ chance at goal with the Hibees using the width provided by Daryl Horgan and Martin Boyle to good effect and getting several balls into the box.
Despite Hibs having most of the ball, it was the visitors who took the lead through after 15 minutes Conor McCarthy after the defender headed home with nobody near him as Cammy MacPherson’s corner-kick was perfectly-placed.
Hibs quickly dusted themselves off and went in search of the equaliser, quickly winning a corner of their own through Boyle but Vaclav Hladky cleared comfortably – sparking a counter which led to the second goal of the game.
After getting forward, Durmus’ cut-back inside the area fell nicely for Tony Andreu to sweep the ball home at the back post with less than 20 minutes played.
The capital side looked utterly stunned as the home fans voiced their frustration at an abject start to the game as Jim Goodwin’s side executed their plan to the letter and left Hibs looking for a way back into the game.
Scott Allan looked to have provided that after 24 minutes after racing forward to get on the end of a pass from Boyle and give the Leith faithful something to shout about.
The former Celtic midfielder’s strike brought Easter Road alive – if only for a few minutes – as the weather took a turn for the worse with rain and wind making things difficult.
Marciano had an incredibly lucky escape shortly before half-time after fumbling a free-kick from wide before managing to get it under control at the second attempt as the Buddies looked for a third goal.
With just minutes until the break Hibs finally drew themselves level as Christian Doidge maintained his recent red-hot streak, heading beyond Hladky from close-range in his only real involvement in the opening 45.
Hibs made a change at the break with skipper David Gray repaced by debutant Paul McGinn, just 24 hours after completing his switch to Easter Road from St. Mirren.
The second half started in a similar vein to the first, with both sides cautiously trying to find gaps to exploit with little success, resulting in several long balls being shelled back and forth.
It was St. Mirren who, again, almost got themselves in the lead after some nice work by Durmas down left saw Marciano spill his shot before gathering the rebound.
Hibs boss Jack Ross again turned to one of his deadline day signings, this time bringing Greg Docherty into the game to replace Joe Newell in midfield.
The home side started to increase the pressure as they looked to get in front for the first time in the game and saw a rasping drive from Horgan go just wide of the far post.
That would be the signal for Hibs to make their final change of the afternoon as the returning Marc McNulty made his second debut for the Hibees, replacing Horgan for the last 30 minutes.
Greg Docherty almost made an immediate impact after his loan move, with some strong work down the left causing a melee in the area which saw both Doidge and Paul Hanlon go close to scoring bere the visitors cleared.
Hibs again almost found themselves in front but for a brilliant save from Hladky to deny the Leith side.
McGinn’s free-kick was expertly flighted into the area but the keeper’s reactions were sharp as he fisted the ball clear from close-range to keep the scoreline level with the clock ticking down.
The third goal for the hosts seemed inevitable with Boyle next to go close, only to see his effort deflected wide as Hibs really ramped up the pressure in search of a winner.
St. Mirren looked a shadow of the side that impressed so much in the opening half and there almost seemed to be an acceptance that Hibs would score again.
With all three subs used, Hibs looked to be in real danger of going down to ten men when Allan went down clutching his ankle but the midfielder managed to limp through the final minutes as both sides tried and failed to snatch a late winner.
Hibs: Marciano, Gray (McGinn 46′), McGregor, Hanlon, Stevenson, Omeonga, Newell (Docherty 50)’, Boyle, Allan, Horgan (McNulty 59′), Doidge.
Subs not used: Bogdan, James, Hallberg, Murray.
St. Mirren: Hladky, Waters, McCarthy, Flynn, Obika, Andreu (McGrath 63′), Durmas (Hodson 78′), Foley, Morias(Jakubiak 63′), Famewo, MacPherson
Subs not used: McAllister, Cooke, Lyness, Mullen.