Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon dedicated their William Hill Scottish Cup derby triumph to the supporters who suffered at Hampden in May during their 5-1 final thrashing by Hearts.
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Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas deflected David Wotherspoon's 83rd-minute strike into his own goal as Hibs knocked the holders out in the fourth round with a scrappy 1-0 triumph at Easter Road.
The own goal ended Hibernian's three-and-a-half year wait for a victory over their Edinburgh rivals and went some way to repairing the fans' battered pride.
Fenlon said: "I'm delighted for the supporters. It's a good day for Hibs fans and it's been long overdue.
"Coming away from Hampden with a few minutes to go and the Hibs end is empty was disappointing, and I totally understood that.
"It was great to see them today enjoying themselves with smiles on their faces.
"I'm sure they will enjoy tonight. I hope they do, they deserve it. That's what today was all about."
The Irishman added: "The big plus is we had 17,000 here today and had about 12,000 when we played them in the league game (in August).
"That's a big jump and the important thing is can we entice them back to the club.
"If we can do that on a regular basis it means we can make the team better."
Fenlon has already turned Hibs around to an extent with some major changes in personnel which have taken them to second place in the SPL, but he knows they have more to do.
The former Bohemians manager said: "What today does it gives people belief. It gives the supporters belief, the players massive belief.
"I said that after being well beaten by Dundee United and came back here and got a point against Hearts and played really well.
"The point at Celtic Park gave them more belief and today will give them belief again.
"It's a slow process of rebuilding and making sure we get back to where we want to be.
"It's another step in the right direction. We weren't fantastic and there is stuff we need to work on but last season we would have lost that game, there is no doubt about it.
"We don't look like losing too many matches at the moment. The back four were excellent.
"They had a lot of big players and we dealt with the aerial stuff really well.
"It was a scrappy enough game and probably Hearts shaded parts of it. There wasn't a lot of chances but we have probably played games over those three years, I'm not sure I haven't seen them all, where we have done well and not got anything out of it.
"You take the good fortune when it comes."
Fenlon was unsure how serious an injury Leigh Griffiths suffered when Darren Barr appeared to stand on his ankle by mistake, which saw him stretchered off early in the second half.
"He went off on a stretcher and I thought he was in serious trouble and then he came on at the end to celebrate," Fenlon said.
"He is a bit of a Lazarus. He is in good form down there. He has had a little problem with his ankle over the last few weeks as well, so we will see how he is in the morning.
"It's a big day for him as well. He is part of the group of supporters I'm talking about.
"There are another few players in there who are Hibs fans so it means more to them than anyone."
Although Hearts controlled the first half, they also created few chances.
Callum Paterson had an early header saved but Hibs goalkeeper Ben Williams' only other stop of note came from a deflection off team-mate Paul Hanlon.
Manager John McGlynn said: "We're all absolutely gutted. We're the holders of the cup and you don't want to lose it.
"We put a lot into the game and so often we've said this this season, we come away with nothing.
"We started the game very well and had a couple of really good opportunities.
"We were in control of the situation at half-time. Second half, the longer it went it looked like it had 0-0 written all over it.
"We certainly never looked like losing a goal but Hibs got the one break in the game. It's a massive, massive deflection, Jamie MacDonald can't really do anything about it at all."