Hearts manager Robbie Neilson has challenged his players to put together a run of wins after climbing into second place in the Scottish Premiership following yesterday’s 2-0 win over St Mirren – as he tipped the Buddies to “win a lot of games” between now and the end of the season.

Veteran keeper Craig Gordon was in inspired form for Neilson’s side as he made a number of crucial saves before strikes from Gary Mackay-Steven and Stephen Kingsley eventually sealed the three points in an entertaining clash at Tynecastle.

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Neilson wants the Jambos to start winning more games (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Neilson is happy to see his side in second place for now and challenged his players to go on and put a run of wins together over the festive period.

“We are pleased to be up into second place. We had a chance to do it last week but it wasn’t to be,” Neilson said.

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“For us it’s about winning games right now. St Mirren make you work very hard, and they will win a lot of games this season,

“In games like this the first goal is always vital.

“You pay your money to be entertained and that’s the nature of playing at Tynecastle.

“St Mirren are a good team and they pressed us really well.

“Everyone can beat everyone, that’s just the nature of this league.”

After seeing Stephen Kingsley score another stunning free-kick, the Hearts boss was full of praise for the defender as he lauded the quality he brings to the side from dead balls, adding: “Stephen has real quality in that left foot and he practices every day after training.

“It was a really good goal, coming at a good time in the game for us.

“We now move on to the next game.”

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