Hearts manager Daniel Stendel says his team won’t be looking to rely on favours from other teams to get out relegation trouble.
The Jambos have enjoyed a brilliant past week that saw them defeat Rangers in the Scottish Cup last Friday to reach the semi-final, and then beat Hibs 3-1 at Easter Road in the Premiership on Tuesday.
The victory at Hibs briefly lifted them off the bottom of the league table, but Hamilton’s shock win against Rangers has bumped them back down.
Currently, the Edinburgh side are two points behind 11th-placed Hamilton and four behind St Mirren in 10th.
With five games to go, things could down to the wire, but Stendel insists his team will try to take control of their own destiny.
He said (official website): “We cannot expect that the other teams play for us. We need to play for us. It’s what we can do.
“Sometimes we will win games and sometimes other teams will win games. I said, I think two weeks ago, that it would be decided on the last day.
“We are so close but I hope that we can get some more points and we can bring some other teams into the fight to stay up in the league.
“We can look after only ourselves and we need to show that we can play (well) again.
“We have five games left in the league (before the split). What is important is that we collect so much points until the split.
“The situation is not comfortable for one team in the league but for us it’s not really changed after the (Hibs) win.”
Hearts must channel Hibs performance
If the Jambos are going to take control of their own fate, it’ll be important to try and replicate the kind of performance they showed at Easter Road this week.
Hearts gave Hibs all sorts of problems, but had answers at the back which just hasn’t been the case this season.
A resoluteness in defence, in the absence of John Souttar, is going to be absolutely crucial for Hearts if they are to avoid the drop.